Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/10/2021

According to the CDC, the Omicron variant of the Wuhan Coronavirus has so far caused zero deaths and one hospitalization. Meanwhile, an Illinois lawmaker proposed a change to state law that would deny unvaxed people insurance coverage if they become infected with COVID-19.

In other news, an appeals court in the UK has overturned the verdict of a lower court, clearing the way for the extradition of Julian Assange to the USA to face trial.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, Dean, Insubria, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Inflation Hits Highest Level in 39 Years
 
USA
» ‘Absolute Legend’ Bob Dole Pokes Fun at Democrats One Last Time in Farewell Letter
» Army Sergeant Indicted for Murder in 2020 Austin Riot Shooting Pleads Self-Defense: Police Investigator Agrees
» CDC: Zero Omicron Deaths in U.S., Only One Person Needed Hospitalization
» Critical Race Theory Serves to Usher in Communist Agenda in America, Philosophy Professor Says
» Dozens Protest Mask Mandate, Other COVID-19 Protocols at Pershing School in Springfield
» Exclusive: 26,000 Dead People Still Registered to Vote in Michigan, Lawsuit Alleges
» Family of School Shooting Hoax Victim Questions How it Was Handled
» Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Prosecution Rests
» How Parents’ Battle Over Critical Race Theory Swung Virginia’s Election for Youngkin
» Illinois Bill Proposes to Strip Unvaxxed of Their Health Insurance
» Jussie Smollett Plans to Appeal, ‘100 Percent Confident’ Guilty Verdict Will be Overturned: Lawyer
» Jussie Smollett Verdict: City of Chicago Will ‘Continue to Pursue Its Lawsuit’ Against the ‘Empire’ Actor
» Man Arrested in Plot to Burn Down Seattle Police Union Building During 2020 Protests
» More Than 100 Students Protest Mask Mandate Across Rockwood School District
» Must Watch: Don Lemon Throws Jussie Smollett Under the Bus After His Hate Hoax Conviction
» New York Requires All Stores to Check Vaccine Proof or Impose Mask Mandate
» OH NO JOE: ‘Republicans Now Sport a Historic 10-Point Advantage’
» Pennsylvania’s High Court Strikes Down School Mask Mandate
» Pro Wrestlers Step Up to Help Waukesha Massacre Victims With $10,000 Plus Donation
» Report: Cuomo Brothers Planned to Smear Janice Dean Who Raised Alarm Over Nursing Home Scandal
» Rittenhouse Makes First Posts on Twitter Since Not Guilty Verdict
» Soros Bankrolls Dark Money Hub for Activists Pushing to Dismantle Police, Grants Show
» Special Prosecutor Dan Webb Spent Five Straight Minutes Ripping Jussie Smollett for Lying to the Jury
» Students at Maryland High School Shown Thanksgiving Video Depicting Pilgrims as Oppressors
» Supreme Court Will Have to Decide California Gun Law
» Washington Man Fatally Shoots Suspected Home Burglar: ‘I Have the Right to Protect Myself’
» ‘We Can’t Guarantee Your Safety. It is Really Really Out of Control, ‘ LAPD Detective Compares Los Angeles Crime Wave to ‘The Purge’
» ‘We’re Not Going to Surrender’: Incoming NYC Mayor Makes Stern Warning for BLM Leader Who Threatened Bloodshed
» Woke Company Uses AI Bot to Monitor Employee Communications That Aren’t ‘Inclusive’
 
Canada
» Canadian Man Who Narrated ISIS Videos Pleads Guilty to Aiding Terrorist Group
» Trudeau’s Quarantine Hotels Expensive Disaster, Says New Report
 
Europe and the EU
» British Court Rules Julian Assange Can be Extradited to US
» EU Members Plan to Expand Vaccine Passports, Require Booster Shots
» German Schoolchildren Subjected to ‘Ritual Humiliation’ Over Their Vaccine Status
» It Begins: Germany Fast Tracks Vax Mandate for Hospital and Care Home Staff, Universal Mandate May be Next
» Italy: ‘Huge’ Wild Boar Runs Amok in Tuscan Village
» Italy: Wild Boar Spotted Playing Ball in City Riverbed
» Sweden: Postal Service Stops Deliveries to ‘Vulnerable’ No-Go Zone Over Safety Fears
» Sweden: Cops Suspect Bombing After Explosion Causes Major Damage in Multicultural Malmö
» Twitter Appeals in French Court Against Groups That Demand More Censorship
» UK Move Towards Mandatory Vaccination Would Create ‘Subclass of People’, Warns Big Brother Watch
» Unvaxxed in Austria Could be Imprisoned for a Year
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: The Generals’ Belated Awakening
 
Far East
» Chinese Government Orders App Stores to Remove Popular App Douban
» Exclusive: Chinese Virologist Says Communist Regime Targeted Her for Exposing COVID-19 Origin
 
Australia — Pacific
» Watch: Australian Senator Speaks Out After He Was Forced Into Quarantine Camp Despite Negative COVID-19 Test
 
Immigration
» DeSantis Budget Plan Contains $8 Million to Remove Illegal Immigrants From Florida
» ‘F*** Your Mothers, Racist F***s!’ — Migrants Recorded Attacking Polish Border Guards
» Ron DeSantis Announces 6 Proposals to Crack Down on Corporations, Left-Wing NGOs Aiding Illegal Immigration
» Six Egyptians Including Five Boys Are Arrested for ‘Gang-Raping Ten Underage Girls Daily While They Were Quarantined for Coronavirus at a Migrant Centre in Sicily’
 
Culture Wars
» Fairfax County Library Puts ‘Gender Queer’ And ‘Lawn Boy’ Next to Bible in ‘Holiday Reading Display’
» Orwell’s 1984 to Get Politically Correct Re-Write
» Pro-Life Leaders React to High Court’s Procedural Ruling on Texas’ Heartbeat Law
» Second Female Penn Swimmer Steps Forward, Describes Teammates in Tears
» ‘Wonder Woman’ Locks Lips With Female Superhero in New DC Issue
 

Inflation Hits Highest Level in 39 Years

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.9% in November, bringing the key inflation indicator’s year-over-year increase to 6.8%, the highest figure in four decades.

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

‘Absolute Legend’ Bob Dole Pokes Fun at Democrats One Last Time in Farewell Letter

Former Republican Senator Bob Dole, who passed away this week at the age of 98, included in his farewell letter a playful jab at the Democratic Party.

“As I make the final walk on my life’s journey, I do so without fear. Because I know that I will, again, not be walking alone,” Dole said in a farewell letter that was read by his daughter Robin at his funeral in Washington, D.C. on Friday. “I know that God will be walking with me,” the late senator wrote. “I also confess that I’m a bit curious to learn and find if I am correct in thinking that heaven will look a lot like Kansas and to see, like others who have gone before me, if I will still be able to vote in Chicago.”

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

Army Sergeant Indicted for Murder in 2020 Austin Riot Shooting Pleads Self-Defense: Police Investigator Agrees

An Army sergeant faces life in prison for a shooting that happened at the height of the 2020 riots, and that he claims was in self-defense. The lead detective in the case ruled his actions were justifiable homicide. That detective has also accused the district attorney of illegal actions in a sworn statement.

Violent protests, riots, and killings, in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement erupted across the country in the summer of 2020. Late one Saturday night over the course of that summer, Army Sergeant Daniel Perry turned a corner in Austin, Texas, and found himself surrounded by an angry mob of protesters sparking an encounter that left one man dead and has Perry facing life in prison.

On the night of July 25, 2020, at about 9:15 p.m., authorities say Perry was driving for Uber to make some extra money in downtown Austin and encountered a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who lacked a permit for their protest. They were illegally clogging the intersection, as protesters had done around the city several times in the weeks prior. Video shows that as he made the turn that night protesters quickly surrounded Perry’s car and began pounding on it and throwing rocks at it.

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

CDC: Zero Omicron Deaths in U.S., Only One Person Needed Hospitalization

The CDC confirmed today that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has killed precisely zero people in the U.S., with only one case requiring hospital treatment.

As BBN News reports, the Centers For Disease Control has revealed “there were no deaths associated with the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country so far.”

In addition, only one of the 43 cases detected “with initial follow-up” needed hospital care.

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

Critical Race Theory Serves to Usher in Communist Agenda in America, Philosophy Professor Says

Authored by Terri Wu and Jen Jekielek via The Epoch Times

Critical race theory has become the philosophic foundation supporting a Marxist communist agenda sweeping American society, according to philosophy professor Jason Hill.

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

Dozens Protest Mask Mandate, Other COVID-19 Protocols at Pershing School in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — Dozens of parents and students gathered Friday in front of Pershing School as part of a protest against the Springfield Public Schools district’s mask mandate.

Protesters want the school district to drop its mask mandate immediately and reconsider other protocols surrounding COVID-19.

Friday’s protest comes after Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a letter to school districts earlier this week, saying that schools can’t enforce mask mandates based on a court ruling last month.

District leaders are disputing the attorney general’s interpretation of the ruling. The Springfield Public Schools district is expected to keep its mask mandate in place until at least the Christmas break.

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

Exclusive: 26,000 Dead People Still Registered to Vote in Michigan, Lawsuit Alleges

Theresa Domasiewicz, a one-time resident still listed as a registered voter in Michigan, would be 108 years old if she were alive today. But she isn’t, having died in May 2000.

Domasiewicz is among 25,975 dead people who remain on the state’s voting rolls, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative ethics watchdog, alleges in the lawsuit that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, has not complied with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. That federal law says election officials must “conduct a general program that makes a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters.”

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

Family of School Shooting Hoax Victim Questions How it Was Handled

The family of a Virginia teen who was falsely identified as a school shooter in a hoax call questions how police responded and the lack of punishment of the teens who set him up.

Dozens of police officers and several hundred worried parents converged on Woodbridge High school last month when someone called 911 to report a student was shooting his classmates, naming a 15-year-old boy.

Tiffany Rice hurried to the school like so many other parents, texting with her son. She got a call from a detective saying her son was the one named as the shooter.

“I immediately said, ‘We don’t have guns in our household. He has no access to any firearms or any weapons,’“ Rice said. “‘I do not want police questioning him without me being there.’“…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Prosecution Rests

Manhattan prosecutors finished presenting their case Thursday against Ghislaine Maxwell, accused of recruiting and grooming teen girls to be abused by her and the late financier, Jeffrey Epstein.

More than 20 witnesses took the stand over the course of 10 days. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan told jurors to return Thursday to hear the defense case.

[Comment: I think she’s toast.]

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

How Parents’ Battle Over Critical Race Theory Swung Virginia’s Election for Youngkin

Education, some parents say, was the central issue that swung Virginia’s gubernatorial election to red. Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November to become Virginia’s next governor.

Youngkin’s win was “an alarm bell for President [Joe] Biden and the Democrats heading into next year’s midterm elections,” ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos said.

Youngkin’s victory came as a surprise to many Virginians on both sides of the political aisle, because Virginia’s recent elections indicated the state was trending blue.

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

Illinois Bill Proposes to Strip Unvaxxed of Their Health Insurance

Authored by Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian.org

Illinois Representative Jonathan Carroll wants to push through a change to the state’s insurance law that would mean health insurers no longer have to cover unvaccinated people who get Covid, forcing people to pay their medical bills out of pocket.

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

Jussie Smollett Plans to Appeal, ‘100 Percent Confident’ Guilty Verdict Will be Overturned: Lawyer

Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett is “100 percent confident” he will be cleared by an appeals court on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist hate crime.

Lead attorney for the defense team Nenye Uche told the press on Thursday after Smollett’s guilty verdict that they’re already planning to appeal the case.

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

Jussie Smollett Verdict: City of Chicago Will ‘Continue to Pursue Its Lawsuit’ Against the ‘Empire’ Actor

Jussie Smollett’s legal woes are far from over.

On Friday, the director of public affairs for the City of Chicago confirmed to Fox News that it intends to continue pursuing its lawsuit against the fallen actor.

On Thursday, the former “Empire” star was found guilty on 5 out of 6 charges at his hate crime hoax trial.

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

Man Arrested in Plot to Burn Down Seattle Police Union Building During 2020 Protests

SEATTLE — A Renton man has been arrested and charged for allegedly bringing a dozen Molotov cocktails to the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) headquarters during a protest on Labor Day in 2020.

Justin Christopher Moore, 34, was arrested Thursday in connection to a plot to burn down the downtown SPOG building, according to the Department of Justice.

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

More Than 100 Students Protest Mask Mandate Across Rockwood School District

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — More than 100 students in the Rockwood School District walked onto school grounds without a face covering Thursday morning to protest the district’s mask policy.

Mary LaPak, Rockwood’s executive director of communications, said 20 students at Eureka High School refused to wear a mask when they arrived at school.

Elementary school students in Eureka, Geggie, Uthoff, and Blevins also came to class without masks. The remaining 15 schools in the district each had one or two students who refused to comply with the policy.

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

Must Watch: Don Lemon Throws Jussie Smollett Under the Bus After His Hate Hoax Conviction

On Thursday, CNN’s Don Lemon publicly condemned his old friend Jussie Smollett, calling him a liar and saying that the hoax he perpetrated made it worse for real victims of violent crimes.

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

New York Requires All Stores to Check Vaccine Proof or Impose Mask Mandate

The state of New York is giving businesses an ultimatum: require masking or require proof of vaccination.

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday she’s ordering all indoor public places in the state to either get proof of vaccination from staff and customers, or require them to wear a mask, the New York Post reported. The mandate will begin Monday, Dec. 13 and last until at least Jan. 15, at which point it could be extended.

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

OH NO JOE: ‘Republicans Now Sport a Historic 10-Point Advantage’

Republicans hold a massive advantage when Americans are asked which party they would like to control Congress, according to a new CNBC All-America Economic survey.

“Republicans now sport a historic 10-point advantage when Americans are asked which party they prefer to control Congress, holding a 44%-34% margin over Democrats. That’s up from a 2-point Republican advantage in the October survey,” CNBC reported.

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

Pennsylvania’s High Court Strikes Down School Mask Mandate

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court struck down a statewide school mask mandate supported by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting State Health Secretary Alison Beam Friday.

The court declared that Beam, who stepped into the role after former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine moved on to the Biden administration, did not have the power to mandate that students mask up in school, according to Harrisburg’s PennLIVE.

The ruling affirmed a decision by the lower Commonwealth Court, which said earlier this year that the state’s Disease Control and Prevention Act of 1955 did not provide Beam “the blanket authority to create new rules and regulations out of whole cloth.”

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

Pro Wrestlers Step Up to Help Waukesha Massacre Victims With $10,000 Plus Donation

Two former WWE professional wrestlers have stepped up in a big way to help the victims of the Waukesha massacre with a massive donation.

During the Blizzard Brawl 2021 Meet and Greet on Saturday, the “The Titan” Adam Scherr (formerly Braun Strauman in WWE) and EC3 [Michael Hunter Hutter] raised, then donated more than $10 thousand to the victims and families of the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre.

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

Report: Cuomo Brothers Planned to Smear Janice Dean Who Raised Alarm Over Nursing Home Scandal

Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the help of his brother Chris and top-aide Melissa DeRosa, reportedly plotted to discredit Fox News meteorologist and host for being a vocal critic of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Janice Dean became a major critic of the New York governor over his handling of the pandemic inside the state’s nursing homes after losing both her in-laws in elder-care facilities in 2020. The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in May 2020 that New York had undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths among nursing home patients by as much as 50%.

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

Rittenhouse Makes First Posts on Twitter Since Not Guilty Verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse made his first posts on Twitter since the jury’s not guilty verdict in November.

Rittenhouse said Friday via Twitter that Instagram had disabled his account again after originally reinstating it. The teenager was acquitted in November on all charges connected to the fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz on Aug. 25, 2020.

“Hey @instagram why did you disable my account again?!” Rittenhouse tweeted.

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

Soros Bankrolls Dark Money Hub for Activists Pushing to Dismantle Police, Grants Show

Liberal billionaire George Soros has poured millions of dollars into a dark money hub used by far-left activists pushing to dismantle the police, grants show.

The Foundation to Promote Open Society, a nonprofit in Soros’ network, pushed $3 million to the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability (CRH) in 2020, according to a search of the Open Society Foundations’ grant database.

CRH is a clearinghouse of resources for local progressive activists on how to best deal with police reform efforts, including materials on abolishing and defunding the police. The hub sits under the umbrella of the most prominent dark money network in the U.S., tax forms show.

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

Special Prosecutor Dan Webb Spent Five Straight Minutes Ripping Jussie Smollett for Lying to the Jury

Special Prosecutor Dan Webb ripped Jussie Smollett for lying to the jury during a press conference Thursday.

“I told the jury that I thought the evidence was overwhelming that in fact Mr. Smollett faked a hate crime and then lied to the police about it,” Webb said during the press conference. Smollett “then compounded his crimes by lying during the jury during the course of this trial and insulting their intelligence,” Webb went on to say.

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

Students at Maryland High School Shown Thanksgiving Video Depicting Pilgrims as Oppressors

The Howard Zinn-ification of American history has now been fully embraced by America’s institutions.

It’s not just on college and university campuses where the late Marxist professor’s anti-American history is popular.

An anonymous tip to The Daily Signal on Monday revealed that a video depicting the Pilgrims as one-dimensional oppressors was shown to students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, before Thanksgiving.

The Daily Signal reached out to Walt Whitman High School for comment, but there was no response.

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

Supreme Court Will Have to Decide California Gun Law

Authored by John Seiler via The Epoch Times

“We are filing to stay the issue, to get cert with the Supreme Court,” Rich Travis told me. He’s the director of development at the California Pistol and Rifle Association, based in Fullerton.

I had asked about the association’s case Duncan v. Bonta, which an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal recently held in favor of California’s ban on magazines containing more than 10 bullets.

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

Washington Man Fatally Shoots Suspected Home Burglar: ‘I Have the Right to Protect Myself’

A Washington state man shot and killed a suspected burglar and opened fire on another inside his home early Thursday, saying “I have a right to defend myself.”

Jerahme Smith, 31, told Fox affiliate KCPQ-TV in Seattle that he was in his Spanaway home with his sister when two men kicked in a back door. One of them had a weapon, prompting Smith to open fire in self-defense, he said.

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

‘We Can’t Guarantee Your Safety. It is Really Really Out of Control, ‘ LAPD Detective Compares Los Angeles Crime Wave to ‘The Purge’

LAPD detective and Police Protective League Director Jamie McBride appeared on FOX News Monday, telling the public that the police are incapable of keeping people safe, comparing the environment in LA to that of “The Purge.”

McBride then went on to talk about recent changes such as Proposition 47, which brought in new sentencing guidelines and a new zero-bail policy put into place, which he claims makes the city wind up with more criminals on the street at any given time than ever.

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

‘We’re Not Going to Surrender’: Incoming NYC Mayor Makes Stern Warning for BLM Leader Who Threatened Bloodshed

Incoming New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned Black Lives Matter (BLM) leadership and other activists that he would not surrender the city to those who wish to burn it down in a Thursday speech.

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

Woke Company Uses AI Bot to Monitor Employee Communications That Aren’t ‘Inclusive’

Intuit, the company behind software programs like TurboTax and QuickBooks, came into the spotlight on Friday after portions of trainings and a conference call going over their AI bot, “InclusivityBot,” were posted to social media.

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

Canadian Man Who Narrated ISIS Videos Pleads Guilty to Aiding Terrorist Group

A Canadian citizen who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group nearly a decade ago pleaded guilty Friday to serving as one of the organization’s more prominent English-language propagandists.

Mohammed Khalifa, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, resulting in death, at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III accepted the plea.

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

Trudeau’s Quarantine Hotels Expensive Disaster, Says New Report

A federal regulator has declared Trudeau’s quarantine policies a costly failure in a report published on Thursday.

Canada’s Public Health Agency spent $600 million on quarantine enforcement. Despite this, the border remained deeply insecure, and new variants were able to spread, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

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

British Court Rules Julian Assange Can be Extradited to US

More than 2.5 years have passed since Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after 7 years in hiding from British authorities, during which time Assange has struggled through a lengthy court battle, all while remaining imprisoned. And yet it seems Assange’s real nightmare is only just beginning as Britain’s high court ruled Friday that he could be extradited to the US to face charges that could see him imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Judges at the Royal Courts of Justice in London overruled a lower court judge who had decided nearly a year ago that Assange shouldn’t be extradited to the US due to the threat of him facing unjust physical harm (not to mention the very real possibility that Assange might kill himself, as the judge acknowledged). They ruled that Assange can face extradition to the US, practically guaranteeing that he will stand trial in an American courtroom.

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

EU Members Plan to Expand Vaccine Passports, Require Booster Shots

It appears the EU has decided to abide by the WHO’s insistence that southern African countries shouldn’t be shunned via travel restrictions imposed by the West.

But now, instead of singling out a handful of countries in southern Africa, the EU and its member states are preparing to revive their vaccine passport for intra-EU travel, while continuing to require outsiders (even the vaccinated ones) to show proof that they recently tested negative via PCR test in the past 24 hours.

The EU’s executive commission proposed back in November that a nine-month validity limit for COVID passes from the completion of the primary vaccine doses. If applied, EU citizens hoping to travel freely within the bloc will need to have their booster shots.

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

German Schoolchildren Subjected to ‘Ritual Humiliation’ Over Their Vaccine Status

Schoolchildren in Germany are being subjected to ritual humiliation by being forced to divulge their vaccination status in front of their class on a daily basis, with unjabbed kids being questioned as to why they haven’t received it.

Yes, really.

The shocking development, which has been covered by German media outlets, was explained by journalist Alex Story.

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

It Begins: Germany Fast Tracks Vax Mandate for Hospital and Care Home Staff, Universal Mandate May be Next

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers are debating a bill Friday that would require staff at hospitals and nursing homes to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told parliament it was unconscionable that some who work with particularly vulnerable people are still not vaccinated.

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

Italy: ‘Huge’ Wild Boar Runs Amok in Tuscan Village

Residents complain about animals’ ‘incursions’

(ANSA) — ROME, DEC 3 — A ‘huge’ wild boar was put down after running amok in a Tuscan village on Friday, local sources said.

The animal, which was subsequently weighed and turned out to have weighed 170kg, was brought down because of a “concrete risk” to citizens at the mountain village near Massa Carrara, rangers said.

Local citizens and farmers at Bagnone protested about a rising wave of incursions by boar.

The Tuscan branch of farmers group CIA said “for some time now wild boar have been a major problem for the area.

“They have been gathering, without control and without any fear of human presence, in habitated centres, causing damage and fear in the population”.

Boar have been spotted roaming free in villages, towns and cities across the country including Rome.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Wild Boar Spotted Playing Ball in City Riverbed

Animal watched by three companions in Genoa

(ANSA) — ROME, DEC 6 — A wild boar was spotted playing with a ball in a dried-up riverbed in Genoa at the weekend.

The animal was filmed pushing the ball around with its nose in the Bisagno River bed while three other boar looked on.

“His team play will have to get better,” said the official who filmed the incident, council chief Roberto D’Avolio.

Boar incursions into Italian cities are becoming increasingly common.

Citizens have lamented an ‘invasion’ by the species.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Sweden: Postal Service Stops Deliveries to ‘Vulnerable’ No-Go Zone Over Safety Fears

The postal company Postnord has stopped delivering parcels to the “particularly vulnerable” area of Gottsunda-Valsätra in the city of Uppsala, Sweden, claiming there are safety risks to their employees.

Alexis Larsson, Head of Security at Postnord, said that the company, which operates in both Sweden and Denmark, made the decision to stop delivering parcels to the Gottsunda-Valsätra area at least a year ago.

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

Sweden: Cops Suspect Bombing After Explosion Causes Major Damage in Multicultural Malmö

A major explosion did damage to a residential building in the multicultural city of Malmö on early Wednesday morning, with police suspecting the explosion may have been caused by a bomb.

The large explosion is thought to have taken place around 1 a.m. along Stora Nygatan street and damaged several shops and restaurants nearby.

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

Twitter Appeals in French Court Against Groups That Demand More Censorship

A court in Paris will hear an appeal from Twitter to overturn a lower court’s ruling ordering the platform to disclose the resources it has dedicated to content moderation. The case was brought by four NGOs, who believe Twitter is not doing enough to censor content.

In July, a lower court ordered Twitter to provide “any administrative, contractual, technical or commercial document relating to material and human resources” it has dedicated to combating harmful content. Twitter appealed the decision.

The appeal hearing was heard on December 9, with Twitter arguing that it is not legally obligated to share information on internal processes.

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

UK Move Towards Mandatory Vaccination Would Create ‘Subclass of People’, Warns Big Brother Watch

The introduction of Covid passes in England will lead to mandatory vaccination, creating a “subclass of people who are treated as unclean, unsafe, and excluded”, privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch has warned.

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the expansion of the mask mandate and reintroduction of home-working advice, adding the bombshell announcement that England would no longer have the honoured status of being one amongst the dwindling number of European countries not implementing vaccine passports, saying that, from next week, it will be necessary to show vaccination status or proof of a negative test to enter some large venues such as nightclubs and stadiums.

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

Unvaxxed in Austria Could be Imprisoned for a Year

People in Austria who remain unvaccinated could find themselves imprisoned for a year, according to critics of an amendment to an administrative law.

Susanne Fürst of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), which voted against the amendment, warned that it could be used to punish the unjabbed with much harsher sentences.

The amendment raises fines from €726 (£617/$818) to €2,000 (£1,701/$2,255) and increases prison time for those who refuse to pay from four weeks to up to a year.

Given that Austrians who don’t get vaccinated by February face fines of up to €7,200 ($8,000) for non-compliance, those who refuse to pay would also face a 12 month jail sentence.

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

Caroline Glick: The Generals’ Belated Awakening

Something is changing in Israel’s military brass’ assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Evidence is growing that members of the IDF General Staff and the Mossad are beginning to realize that the U.S. doesn’t share Israel’s goal of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Last week for instance, Michael Makovsky, the head of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, (JINSA) a Washington-based group that cultivates ties between Israeli and U.S. generals published an article in the New York Post where he described their rude awakening.

Makovsky wrote, “Recent meetings with senior defense officials from our closest Middle East ally, Israel, were the most pessimistic I can recall. They perceive America as checked out, adrift, pusillanimous, unfeared and desperate to avoid military confrontation, and Iran as emboldened and nearing the nuclear weapons threshold.”

Makovsky said that all his interlocutors raised the same three points: The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan showed that the Biden administration is comfortable betraying U.S. allies. The administration’s decision not to respond to the October 20 Iranian attack on its airbase in Tanf, Syria showed the U.S. is willing to allow Iran to attack it with impunity. And the administration’s willingness to be humiliated by the Iranians at the nuclear talks in Vienna shows that the only thing the administration wants is to reach a deal — any deal — with Iran.

By Makovsky’s telling, the Israelis are divided on what the Iranians want and they still haven’t completely given up hope that the Americans will come through, somehow. He ended his article by arguing that the U.S. should provide Israel with the equipment and weapons platforms it requires to successfully strike Iran’s nuclear installations without the U.S. But it was clear from his description of the Israeli security brass’ disposition that their faith the U.S. will actually follow through on its pledge to block Iran from becoming a nuclear power has waned significantly. It is beginning to dawn on them that in the fight against Iran, Israel is alone.

While Israel’s security establishment’s frustration with the Biden administration, and their apparent, grudging acceptance of reality are understandable, there is something deeply unsettling about both.

Where have the generals been for the past thirteen years?…

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Chinese Government Orders App Stores to Remove Popular App Douban

This week, China banned over 100 apps and services, including Douban, a platform where users share their opinion on music, movies, and books (think IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic).

Beijing appears to have banned the platform for hosting opinions critical of the government.

Douban has been the subject of controversy multiple times, because of users who are not afraid to share their criticisms of movies, songs, or books with patriotic themes.

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Exclusive: Chinese Virologist Says Communist Regime Targeted Her for Exposing COVID-19 Origin

Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, says she was warned again and again in early 2020 by her supervisor at the University of Hong Kong.

“Be silent, don’t cross a red line. If not, you will be disappeared,” Yan recalled him saying in an interview Tuesday with The Daily Signal.

Yan escaped to America from Hong Kong in April 2020. In the United States, Yan has published three reports arguing that COVID-19 was created in a research lab in Wuhan, China, with the approval of the communist regime’s People’s Liberation Army.

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Watch: Australian Senator Speaks Out After He Was Forced Into Quarantine Camp Despite Negative COVID-19 Test

South Australian Senator Alex Antic joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show on Thursday to discuss Australia’s tyrannical COVID-19 policies and how he was forced into a quarantine camp despite testing negative for the coronavirus.

Antic, who remains in detention, has heavily criticized Australia’s COVID-19 policies and is expected to receive a bill from the government for his quarantine fees. “I have been concerned about some of the powers that have been gifted to the unelected bureaucracy in this country for a long period of time,” he told Carlson.

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DeSantis Budget Plan Contains $8 Million to Remove Illegal Immigrants From Florida

Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a program to contract with private companies to transport and remove illegal immigrants from the state.

“In yesterday’s budget, I put in $8 million for us to be able to transport people here illegally out of the state of Florida,” DeSantis said in a Friday press conference. “It’s somewhat tongue in cheek, but it is true, if you sent them to Delaware or Martha’s Vineyard or some of these places, that border would be secure the next day.

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‘F*** Your Mothers, Racist F***s!’ — Migrants Recorded Attacking Polish Border Guards

The Polish government has released more footage of illegal migrants trying to cross the frontier from Belarus, hurling objects and insults at border guards.

Thousands of mostly Middle Eastern and South Asian migrants have been pressing upon the borders of Poland and the neighbouring Baltic States of Lithuania and Latvia — all members of the European Union and NATO — for months, having been allowed into Alexander Lukashenko’s Belarus as tourists with the express purpose of having them head west as migrants to destabilise the EU.

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

Ron DeSantis Announces 6 Proposals to Crack Down on Corporations, Left-Wing NGOs Aiding Illegal Immigration

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced six legislative proposals, with hopes to pass them into law through the legislature, that would drastically crackdown on corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who facilitate illegal immigration to the state.

During a press conference on Friday morning, DeSantis announced a series of legislative actions to reduce illegal immigration across the state.

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

Six Egyptians Including Five Boys Are Arrested for ‘Gang-Raping Ten Underage Girls Daily While They Were Quarantined for Coronavirus at a Migrant Centre in Sicily’

Six Egyptians have been arrested in Sicily after 10 underage girls were raped daily at a migrant reception centre, police said.

Police said the victims are mainly from Egypt and Tunisia and are all minors who were in Covid quarantine.

Five of the arrested Egyptians are under 18 while one is an adult and they have been held on suspicion of kidnap and rape.

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

Fairfax County Library Puts ‘Gender Queer’ And ‘Lawn Boy’ Next to Bible in ‘Holiday Reading Display’

A library in Fairfax County, Virginia, created a book display featuring the notorious books “Gender Queer” and “Lawn Boy” — which parents claim feature pedophilia and obscene material — alongside the Bible but later removed the display after residents called it offensive.

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

Orwell’s 1984 to Get Politically Correct Re-Write

You know what George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 needs?

A politically correct modern day re-write from a feminist perspective.

Said no one ever.

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

Pro-Life Leaders React to High Court’s Procedural Ruling on Texas’ Heartbeat Law

Pro-life leaders anxiously awaiting decisions in major abortion cases reacted Friday to news that the Supreme Court had dismissed one challenge to Texas’ ban on abortions after an unborn baby has a heartbeat.

“Today, the Supreme Court refused to strike down the lifesaving and democratically popular Texas heartbeat law,” said Live Action founder and President Lila Rose. “While the court did give a road map for lower courts to put the law on hold, the opinion of the court was crystal clear that this case was not commenting on the constitutionality of the abortion restriction itself.”

“The court’s decision also allows the law to stay in effect as litigation continues, an important victory for life,” she added.

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

Second Female Penn Swimmer Steps Forward, Describes Teammates in Tears

Even after a Wednesday team meeting where a source says Penn administration “strongly advised” its swimmers to avoid talking to the media about the situation surrounding transgender Penn swimmer Lia Thomas, a second female Penn swimmer has stepped forward to speak out via an exclusive interview with OutKick.

The second female Penn swimmer to speak out, who was granted anonymity due to what is viewed as threats from the university, activists, and the political climate, wants people to know that Penn swimmers are “angry” over the lack of fairness in the sport as Lia Thomas destroys the record books and brings fellow teammates to tears.

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

‘Wonder Woman’ Locks Lips With Female Superhero in New DC Issue

Wonder Woman” locked lips with her female superhero girlfriend in an upcoming new DC comic book issue in the latest move to push LGBTQ storylines.

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

7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/10/2021

  1. Not so long ago I was joking around here how it was obvious as early as the 1990’s, that the “Third Reich is back”, supporting my claim by a Czech comedy video piece from the 1990’s, where they made fun of the way Germany conquered Czechoslovakia once again, but this time they did it through the banks and buying everything worth buying in the post-communist Czechoslovakia.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9m4O6ATSSc

    In the video they say: “And now all of you, who have money in our bank, rise your hand!” -> which is a direct reference to the way Nazis would “speak to the masses”: “Und jezt Alle!”

    https://www.wuv.de/marketing/so_ruft_das_who_s_who_der_marken_zum_impfen_auf

    Funny how it all turns out with the covid vaxxine push in Germany these days… It is out in the open. But I tend to disagree that nothing like this has ever happened in Germany, on the contrary!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/HistoryPorn/comments/jqebsb/mercedesbenz_greets_the_airplanes_flying_overhead/

  2. Since neither the Vaxxed or UnVaxxed get any medical treatment in American hospitals other than the deadly combo of Remdesivir and ventilators losing your health insurance might be a good thing.

    • Even if effective treatment was a given, what would happen when a person who’s had two shots is redefined as unvaxxed and later gets his booster? Is his insurance pulled and then reinstated, only to be pulled again when a third or variant-specific booster is required? We are governed by idiots.

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrkSt1xd40c

    The party Danish Patriots has posted a small video on Youtube showing how a tall Danish teenage boy is humiliated by a somewhat smaller Arab. A classic example of dominance violence that went viral on social media last month, allegedly recorded in Horsens. The case has not been mentioned in the media.

    https://www.document.dk/2021/12/10/dominansvold-denne-gang-i-horsens-dansk-teenagedreng-ydmyges-af-araber-kom-nu-kys-min-fod/

  4. The Austrians are seriously protesting the coming apocalypse.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10299669/Thousands-protesters-march-Vienna-furious-demonstration-against-compulsory-Covid-jabs.html

    Meanwhile, in New York City, it was really great to see so many unmasked, drunken Santas celebrating just like they used to do BC (Before Corona).

    Nobody seems to care about outgoing Commie Mayor DelAssholio’s phony “mandates” that are totally illegal anyway.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10299811/NYCs-notorious-booze-fueled-SantaCon-goes-despite-COVID-Omicron-concerns.html

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