Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/13/2021

Demonstrators in Paris protesting against vaccine mandates were beaten by police. Also, thousands of people marched through downtown Prague to protest vaccine mandates. Meanwhile, demonstrators gathered in front of parliament in Belfast to protest vaccine passports.

In other news, a professor at California State University in Chicago said that the verdict against Jussie Smollett in Chicago was a “white supremacist charade.”

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Financial Crisis
» Estonia Records 8.8% Inflation in November Year on Year
» Inflation in Latvia. Fuel Prices Up by One-Third and Potato Prices Up by Half
» National Debt Essay Contest Challenges Youngsters Who Will Pay the Bill
 
USA
» Air Force Discharges 27 for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
» Biden Tormented by Republican Guerrilla Campaign and ‘I Did it’ Stickers
» Breaking: Matt Gaetz Introduces National Stand Your Ground Act to Protect Americans’ Right to Self Defense
» California State U. Prof: Jussie Smollett Verdict a ‘White Supremacist Charade’
» Car Dealership Owner Slams Lightfoot’s Chicago After His Business Was Robbed in Broad Daylight
» Clinton Says CRT Was a ‘Stalking Horse’ For Anger About Remote Schooling
» Elon Musk Named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
» Exclusive: Loudoun County Allowed Student to Opt-Out of Critical Race Theory-Inspired Lessons
» Federal Court Denies Biden Administration’s Request to Lift Mandate Injunction for Healthcare Workers
» Ian Maxwell Suggests His Sister Ghislaine Believes Epstein Was Murdered
» Los Angeles School District Backs Down on School Vaccine Mandate After Facing Public Opposition
» Loudoun County Parents Stage ‘Operation Shoe Drop’ Calling for Increased Parental Rights
» Members: Supporters of CTA Unions Briefly Block Chicago’s Michigan Avenue to Protest Attacks Against Operators
» Meta’s Soon-to-be CTO: “If Your Democracy Can’t Tolerate the Speech of People, I’m Not Sure What Kind of Democracy It Is.”
» Middlebury College Declares COVID Crackdown Despite 99% Student Vaccination Rate
» NBC Crew Robbed in Oakland
» Nearly 100 Attend Rally Led by Staten Island Parents to Protest NYC Vaccine Mandates for Private Schools
» Nolte: Steven Spielberg’s Woke ‘West Side Story’ Bombs With $10m Opening
» NYC Vaccine Mandate: 160 Staten Island Restaurants Receive Warnings for Non-Compliance
» Philadelphia Becomes Latest City to Implement Vaccine Mandate for Indoor Activities
» Protesters Defy Hochul’s New Mask or Vaccine Mandate at Commack Target
» Protestors Gather in Peace Plaza Calling for an End to Vaccine Mandates
» Rand Paul: Vaccine Zealots “Won’t be Happy Until They Get Your Newborn”
» Report: Texas Woman Fatally Shoots Would-be Robber, Two Others Flee
» Rupert Murdoch Becomes Latest Rich Elitist to Buy Huge Property in Remote Area
» Saint Louis University Threatens to Boot Student for Hanging Up Conservative Speaker’s Flyers
» San Jose Sharks Introduce Vaccine Passports for Kids Aged as Low as Three
» Supreme Court Rejects Religious Liberty Challenge to New York Vaccine Mandate
» Texas Man Sentenced to Prison for Hammer Assault During 2020 Portland Protest
» The US Public Isn’t Fully Aware of the Extent of Law Enforcement and Government Surveillance
» Video: CNN’s Lemon Blames Anti-Mask Conservatives for Rise in Traffic Accident Deaths
» ‘What Have You Done to be More Anti-Racist?’: School Districts Screen Potential Teachers for ‘Cultural Competency’
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘A New Chapter’ — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Pays a Visit to Warsaw
» Czechia: Thousands Protest in Prague Against COVID Vaccine Mandate
» Germany Clamps Down on Unvaccinated, Denies Access to Train Platforms
» German Police Prevent Islamist Terror Attack in Hamburg Just Days After New Interior Minister Said ‘Right-Wing Extremism’ is Country’s Biggest Threat
» Horror in France as Vaccine Mandate Riot Sees Protesters Beaten by Armed Police — Watch
» Ireland: Facebook Bans Former Professor Dolores Cahill Over COVID Stance
» Italy: Priest Who Used Collection Plate for Drugs Cuts Plea Bargain
» Northern Ireland: Anti-Vaccine Passport Protest Takes Place at Stormont
» Scotland: Extinction Rebellion Activists Who Hijacked Dundee Oil Rig Ordered to Compensate RNLI
» UK Health Secretary: COVID Passes Will be Cancelled Unless You Get a Booster Jab
» UK Police Chiefs Consider Declaring Their Own Forces ‘Institutionally Racist’
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: Two Arrested After Activists Protest at Edmonton Incinerator
» UK: Health Sec Admits Some Surgeries and Medical Appointments Will be Postponed for BoJo Booster Drive
» UK: Study: Face Mask Littering Increased by 9000% in First Months of Pandemic; May Have Helped Spread the Virus
» UK: Tory Rebel MP Accuses Govt of Creating ‘Miserable Dystopia’, Slams ‘Useless’ Labour for Backing New Restrictions
» Woke Church of England Goes Woker as Archbishop Complains About ‘Snowflake’ Insult
 
Middle East
» Lebanon: Minister Resigns After Pressure From Riyadh
 
Far East
» South Korea is Using Facial Recognition Software to Surveil Citizens Infected With COVID-19
 
Australia — Pacific
» Aussie PM Compares Vaccinated People to Sheep
» New Zealand: Timaru Attempted Murder Case: Manu Hausia Admits Frenzied Stabbing Attack Witnessed by Children
 
Immigration
» African Migrants Arrested for Robbery, Stabbing at Busy French Theater
» Denmark’s Former Immigration Minister Sentenced to Prison Over Illegal Decision
» Inger Stoejberg: Jail for Danish Ex-Minister for Asylum Separations
» Minister: Migrants No Longer Stay Long Near the Latvian Border
» Ron DeSantis Continues to Threaten to Send Undocumented Immigrants to Delaware
 
Culture Wars
» Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Slams Police for Letting Rapists With Penises Identify as Women
 

Estonia Records 8.8% Inflation in November Year on Year

The Bank of Estonia has registered an 8.8% inflation year-on-year in November, while from October 2021 it gas increased by 1.8%. A cold spell and increasing gas prices indicate that the rise in costs in December will be even higher, the central bank forecasts.

Sulev Pert, an economist at the Bank of Estonia, wrote on the central bank’s website on Tuesday, November 7, that inflation has been rising faster and become more broadly based in Estonia this year, and it is now being driven by food products as well as by energy and manufactured goods. It is still the rise in energy prices that is pushing up the cost of living the most though, as around half of the increase in the cost of the consumer basket has come from electricity, gas and motor fuels.

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Inflation in Latvia. Fuel Prices Up by One-Third and Potato Prices Up by Half

Compared to November 2020, the average level of consumer prices increased by 7.5 % in November 2021.

The greatest pressure on the average price level changes in November 2021 compared to November 2020 was put by the rise in prices of goods and services related to housing, goods and services related to transport, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, goods and services related to recreation and culture, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, furnishings as well as health care, according to the latest data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Over the year, prices within the group of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 5.6 %.

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National Debt Essay Contest Challenges Youngsters Who Will Pay the Bill

(New York, New York) — Warning that the devastating impact of a multi-trillion dollar debt increase now being created by the Biden budget will fall squarely on the shoulders of a generation of Americans blithely unaware of the fate that awaits them, philanthropist, national real estate investor, and Gatestone Institute Board member Lawrence Kadish and the Gatestone Institute have launched a $100,000 national educational essay contest that challenges young students to share their understanding of the looming Biden debt, the role of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and how their generation intends to pay down their share of the deficit.

Entitled, “The Gatestone Institute’s Student Contest on America’s National Debt,” selected essay winners will be provided with up to $10,000 cash, (if there are ten winners at $10,000 each), or as provided for in the rules of the contest, determined by a panel of judges selected by Gatestone, and chaired by Larry Kudlow, former Director of the National Economic Council.

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Air Force Discharges 27 for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

The Air Force has discharged 27 members for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine in the first such enforcement action from any U.S. Military branch, the Associated Press reported Monday.

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Biden Tormented by Republican Guerrilla Campaign and ‘I Did it’ Stickers

If you see Joe Biden’s picture on a gas pump these days, it’s not a tribute to his amazingly successful energy policy.

The stickers — with Biden pointing to the $3.50 a gallon gas price and saying “I did that!” — are part of a Republican guerrilla campaign to undermine the Democratic administration. They’ve gone viral online.

And it’s cheap and easy.

A 100-pack of the stickers is going for just six bucks on Amazon.

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

Breaking: Matt Gaetz Introduces National Stand Your Ground Act to Protect Americans’ Right to Self Defense

Florida’s Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced legislation to the US House on Monday called the National Stand Your Ground Act.

The Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Louie Gohmert and Randy Weber of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene, Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, and Florida’s Greg Steube “will codify Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at the federal level, abolishing the duty of retreat when attacked.”

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California State U. Prof: Jussie Smollett Verdict a ‘White Supremacist Charade’

A professor in Cal State Los Angeles’ Pan-African Studies Department declared continued support for actor Jussie Smollett after he was found guilty of all but one charge this week.

Smollett, formerly of the show “Empire,” was convicted of fabricating a hate crime almost three years ago where he claimed he was assaulted in the wee hours of the morning by “MAGA”-yelling white guys.

Black Lives Matter LA founder Melina Abdullah, a “womanist scholar-activist” and former chair of her department, said on Tuesday “[W]e can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom.”

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Car Dealership Owner Slams Lightfoot’s Chicago After His Business Was Robbed in Broad Daylight

A car dealership owner slammed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Fox News after his business was robbed in broad daylight Saturday.

Gold Coast Exotic Motorcars Owner Joe Perillo said his business was robbed during the day Saturday while families were inside.

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Clinton Says CRT Was a ‘Stalking Horse’ For Anger About Remote Schooling

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said critical race theory was a “stalking horse” used by Republicans in the Virginia gubernatorial race to capitalize on anger parents harbored toward remote schooling during the pandemic.

“One of the things that I think happened in Virginia, after having schools closed for so long, people were really focused on schools and education,” Clinton said in an interview on “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist.

“I don’t think that the Democrats and Terry [McAuliffe] understood how disoriented parents, particularly moms, were about the experience that they had gone through,” she said.

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Elon Musk Named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Time magazine named Tesla chief executive Elon Musk its “Person of the Year” for 2021.

Time’s chief executive Edward Felsenthal wrote that the magazine selected Musk as “few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too.”

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Exclusive: Loudoun County Allowed Student to Opt-Out of Critical Race Theory-Inspired Lessons

Loudoun County, Virginia, mother A.K. Carpenter told the Daily Caller that she was able to opt her child out of a critical race theory-inspired lesson plan following a months-long battle with leadership in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).

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Federal Court Denies Biden Administration’s Request to Lift Mandate Injunction for Healthcare Workers

President Biden and his Department of Justice were unsuccessful in arguing to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift an injunction against his vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.

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Ian Maxwell Suggests His Sister Ghislaine Believes Epstein Was Murdered

Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother Ian suggested during a Friday podcast that his sister likely believes disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide and was instead murdered.

[Comment: Epstein didn’t kill himself.]

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Los Angeles School District Backs Down on School Vaccine Mandate After Facing Public Opposition

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has announced on Friday that it plans to postpone its vaccine mandate for students, originally to take effect on Jan. 10 2022, until Sept. 2022.

Currently, more than 30,000 students in the LAUSD would not be able to attend in-person classes if the measure were to go into effect on its initial planned date.

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Loudoun County Parents Stage ‘Operation Shoe Drop’ Calling for Increased Parental Rights

Concerned parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, staged a demonstration outside of the Loudoun County Public Schools administration building on Dec. 13. The protest represented the growing number of families supposedly leaving the district following allegations of indoctrination and sexual assault cover-up by the school board.

The Loudoun County-based parent advocacy group “Citizens for Freedom” placed approximately 650 pairs of shoes outside of the administration building early Monday morning. The demonstration was crafted to show that “families and teachers will continue to leave en masse from Loudoun County Public Schools as a result of the lack of focus on education and safety for students,” according to a press release.

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Members: Supporters of CTA Unions Briefly Block Chicago’s Michigan Avenue to Protest Attacks Against Operators

At least 100 people marched from City Hall to Michigan Avenue Saturday afternoon in a protest organized by the union representing Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers and rail operators, clamoring for more protection amid a rash of high-profile violence against operators.

Keith Hill, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, which represents bus drivers, said his members believe “enough is enough” and held the rally a day after announcing the union will partner with the activist Early Walker and a Chicago-based security firm to provide private guards at “hot spots” where CTA workers have been attacked.

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Meta’s Soon-to-be CTO: “If Your Democracy Can’t Tolerate the Speech of People, I’m Not Sure What Kind of Democracy It Is.”

Facebook (Meta) virtual reality boss, who will soon be the company’s CTO, Andrew Bosworth said that people are responsible for “misinformation,” not social media platforms.

Online platforms are constantly criticized for spreading misinformation and hate by those who call for more online censorship.

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Middlebury College Declares COVID Crackdown Despite 99% Student Vaccination Rate

Vermont’s Middlebury College returned to virtual instruction for the rest of the fall semester due to over 30 new reported cases of COVID-19 on campus.

This means all final exams will be administered remotely.

The school sent out a campus-wide announcement the evening of December 9 noting the new cases bring Middlebury’s COVID total to 50. It said contact tracing has been initiated and that all further in-person events have been postponed.

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NBC Crew Robbed in Oakland

An NBC Sports crew working on assignment in Oakland, Calif., was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to a report from The Mercury News, and the robbers got away with a camera from the crew’s vehicle.

No one was injured during the robbery, the newspaper noted, citing an Oakland Police Department spokesperson.

This robbery is reportedly the third involving news organizations in Oakland within 2 1/2 weeks’ time.

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Nearly 100 Attend Rally Led by Staten Island Parents to Protest NYC Vaccine Mandates for Private Schools

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Parents and prominent Staten Island activists are protesting COVID-19 vaccination mandates outside Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Huguenot on Monday morning, one week ahead of the deadline for staff of Catholic and private schools to get the shot.

A crowd of about 40 people at 8 a.m. had doubled an hour later.

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Nolte: Steven Spielberg’s Woke ‘West Side Story’ Bombs With $10m Opening

Director Steven Spielberg’s woke West Side Story remake is a box office catastrophe expected to open in the $10 million range.

How awful is that? Well, do you remember that previous woke catastrophe, In the Heights? It opened to $11.5 million.

West Side Story is projected to bomb harder than In the Heights, lol.

Even so, the In the Heights’ production budget was only $55 million.

West Side Story cost $100 million to produce and probably as much to promote.

Now we get to my favorite part, that part where all the Hollywood media suck-ups fire off their lame excuses to appease their Studio Masters.

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NYC Vaccine Mandate: 160 Staten Island Restaurants Receive Warnings for Non-Compliance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Since the vaccine mandate requiring restaurants to check proof of vaccination at the door went into effect in August, 160 restaurants have been given a warning from the city for non-compliance.

The “Key to NYC” requires people age 12 and older to show identification and proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine before entering a restaurant and other indoor spaces.

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Philadelphia Becomes Latest City to Implement Vaccine Mandate for Indoor Activities

The city of Philadelphia announced Monday that all facilities that sell food or drinks will soon have to require proof of vaccination for customers to partake in their offerings.

Only fully vaccinated patrons will be allowed in affected establishments beginning Jan. 3, 2022, the city said in a release. For the first two weeks of the mandate, a negative COVID-19 test from within the prior 24 hours may be substituted, but beginning Jan. 17, only full vaccination will be sufficient.

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Protesters Defy Hochul’s New Mask or Vaccine Mandate at Commack Target

A group of Long Islanders walked into a Commack Target without masks to protest Gov. Kathy Hochul’s new mask or vaccine mandate.

The governor’s new requirement went into effect Monday and some residents say it’s a huge infringement of their rights.

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Protestors Gather in Peace Plaza Calling for an End to Vaccine Mandates

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Protestors gathered in Peace Plaza Monday calling for an end to vaccine mandates from employers and the government.

Dozens of people marched through the streets downtown holding signs and chanting for medical freedom against the Mayo Clinic’s vaccine mandate.

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Rand Paul: Vaccine Zealots “Won’t be Happy Until They Get Your Newborn”

Appearing on Hannity Friday night, Senator Rand Paul noted that COVID vaccine pushers are becoming more militant in their demands and efforts to force as many people as possible to take jabs.

“You know, these people won’t be happy until they get your newborn,” Paul urged.

“I mean, they really want to get your newborn inoculated before they leave the hospital. They’re going to restrict certain things. You know, they’re not going to dispense schooling. But they’re also going to try to get them before they leave the hospital. I think it’s outrageous and ignores the science,” the Senator emphasised.

Paul continued, “It’s all based on this misreading of the science that says we haven’t been vaccinating enough and that we’re under-vaccinated.”

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Report: Texas Woman Fatally Shoots Would-be Robber, Two Others Flee

A Texas woman reportedly shot and killed a would-be robber Sunday in a robbery attempt officials say may have been drug-related.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded Sunday morning after receiving a call that a man had been shot. The incident unfolded around 4:30 a.m., according to ABC 13.

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Rupert Murdoch Becomes Latest Rich Elitist to Buy Huge Property in Remote Area

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has become the latest rich elitist to buy a huge property in a remote area even as the plebs continue to be told “you’ll own nothing and be happy.”

Murdoch and his wife have purchased a 340,000 acre cattle ranch and attached mansion house in Montana that was previously owned by the Koch family for a whopping $200 million dollars.

The sale of the property, known as Beaverhead, is the largest ranch deal in Montana history.

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Saint Louis University Threatens to Boot Student for Hanging Up Conservative Speaker’s Flyers

Saint Louis University (SLU) is threatening to expel or suspend a student for posting flyers advertising the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh’s off-campus speaking event, according to the Young America’s Foundation (YAF).

The student, James Dowling, was told in a Dec. 9 video conference with school administrators that he could face expulsion for his “inappropriate conduct” and “failure to comply,” according to YAF.

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San Jose Sharks Introduce Vaccine Passports for Kids Aged as Low as Three

Everyone aged three and above will need to show a vaccine passport to see the San Jose Sharks playing at home. The NHL team announced the new passport requirements for all games going forward.

On December 6, the Sharks posted an update about passport requirements in its home ground, the SAP Center, on the NHL website.

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Supreme Court Rejects Religious Liberty Challenge to New York Vaccine Mandate

The Supreme Court rejected Monday a challenge from New York health care workers who argued their state’s vaccine mandate violated their religious liberty.

The decision is only the most recent example of SCOTUS’ trend of not getting in the way of state-level vaccine mandates. Health care workers sought to obtain exemptions from receiving the vaccine, arguing the mandate forced them to choose between their faith and their jobs, but the court’s 6-3 decision rejected that argument.

The majority did not explain its decision, as is common when the court simply declines to hear a case. The dissenters, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, argued the mandate would only serve to ostracize religious Americans.

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Texas Man Sentenced to Prison for Hammer Assault During 2020 Portland Protest

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Texas man was sentenced to federal prison on Monday for assaulting a Deputy U.S. Marshal with a hammer during a 2020 protest in downtown Portland. Jacob Gaines, 24, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, around 1 a.m. on July, 11, 2020, Gaines used a hammer to break through a barricaded entrance at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Federal law enforcement were staged inside the courthouse on Southeast 3rd Avenue to protect the building. Deputy U.S. Marshals tried to prevent Gaines from trespassing and Gaines struck a marshal three times with the hammer, court documents said. The deputy was hit in the left shoulder, lower neck and upper back. He was able to hold onto Gaines while other officers arrested him.

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The US Public Isn’t Fully Aware of the Extent of Law Enforcement and Government Surveillance

For the first time, the federal government acknowledged its failures in the oversight of surveillance carried out by law enforcement agencies. Activists have pointed out the flaws in the system for years.

The Federal Judicial Center, the research branch of the US judiciary, conducted a study that found out that the federal court system’s Wiretap Report is full of inaccuracies.

The Wiretap Report, released annually, compiles information on the interception of communications by local and federal law enforcement.

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Video: CNN’s Lemon Blames Anti-Mask Conservatives for Rise in Traffic Accident Deaths

CNN host Don Lemon has attempted to blame conservatives and people who dislike wearing face masks for a rise in traffic accident deaths, suggesting that those people are contributing to a “lack of civility” in society.

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‘What Have You Done to be More Anti-Racist?’: School Districts Screen Potential Teachers for ‘Cultural Competency’

Schools across the country are screening potential teachers for their “cultural competency” asking candidates “what they’ve done personally or professionally to be more anti-racist,” according to Education Week.

“Ultimately, when we’re looking for people to serve our students, my key questions are: Can you teach these students, even if they don’t look like you?” Karen Rice-Harris, chair of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators’ diversity, equity, and inclusion committee, said.

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‘A New Chapter’ — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Pays a Visit to Warsaw

Germany’s new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, visited Warsaw on Sunday and took part in a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. This visit marks Scholz’s third trip outside Germany since becoming chancellor, with Scholz stopping in Paris and Brussels before making his way to Warsaw.

Morawiecki received Scholz with military honors in Warsaw ahead of their talks. Morawiecki later said the visit signifies a “new chapter” in bilateral ties after Germany’s new government took power.

After the meeting, Morawiecki said that they had discussed the issue of Poland’s Eastern border, which is also the EU and NATO’s border. He also appreciated the fact that Scholz had chosen Poland as one of his first international visits.

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Czechia: Thousands Protest in Prague Against COVID Vaccine Mandate

PRAGUE — Several thousand people marched through the Czech capital on Sunday, protesting a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for certain groups including people age 60 and over.

The participants didn’t wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules despite a request by police to do so. One person was detained.

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Germany Clamps Down on Unvaccinated, Denies Access to Train Platforms

Unvaccinated Germans are now barred from public transportation, including buses and trains, unless they have a negative test from the last 24 hours or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

New “3G” restrictions will also apply to the homeless people who sleep on train platforms to escape the cold, according to the Berliner Zeitung. If the homeless cannot show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test from the last 24 hours, they will be removed from train platforms.

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German Police Prevent Islamist Terror Attack in Hamburg Just Days After New Interior Minister Said ‘Right-Wing Extremism’ is Country’s Biggest Threat

German authorities said they prevented a terrorist attack in the northern German port city of Hamburg involving a 20-year-old German of Moroccan origin, who was arrested on Aug. 26, Hamburg’s Interior Minister Andy Grote announced on Friday.

The terrorist attacked was allegedly thwarted just days after Germany’s new far left Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that the biggest threat facing the country is right-wing extremism.

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Horror in France as Vaccine Mandate Riot Sees Protesters Beaten by Armed Police — Watch

HORRIFIC clashes have been caught on camera as French riot police beat anti-vaccine mandate protesters in Paris as demonstrations spiral out of control.

Footage on social media shows violent clashes between police and protesters taking a stand against mandatory vaccines in France as the nation spirals out of control.

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Ireland: Facebook Bans Former Professor Dolores Cahill Over COVID Stance

As part of its “aggressive steps to fight harmful Covid-19 misinformation on [their] platforms,” Facebook removed the page of anti-lockdown proponent Dolores Cahill, a former professor at University College Dublin.

Cahill’s page had more than 130,000 followers when it was deleted overnight.

Cahill retired from her position at UCD amid, but seemingly not because of, backlash from her comments about the virus and its vaccines.

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Italy: Priest Who Used Collection Plate for Drugs Cuts Plea Bargain

Don Francesco Spagnesi gets 3 years, 8 months in deal with prosecutors

(ANSA) — ROME, DEC 7 — A court in the Tuscan city of Prato on Monday accepted a plea bargain in which a parish priest, Don Francesco Spagnesi, got a jail term of three years, eight months for stealing from the church collection plate and using the money to buy narcotics for drugs-and-sex parties.

The deal sees the accusations against 40-year-old priest for drug dealing and trafficking and misappropriation upheld.

But an accusation of attempted grievous harm for failing to tell his sexual partners that he was HIV positive has been dropped.

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Northern Ireland: Anti-Vaccine Passport Protest Takes Place at Stormont

Anti-vaccine passport campaigners held a protest at Stormont on Monday morning.

Protesters gathered to voice their opposition towards the Covid-19 vaccination passport scheme, which comes into effect from today.

The certificates need to be shown in a number of venues throughout Northern Ireland including pubs, licensed restaurants, and cinemas.

Protesters also handed in a petition ahead of an assembly debate on the issue later, and a series of speakers urged MLAs not to support the scheme.

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Scotland: Extinction Rebellion Activists Who Hijacked Dundee Oil Rig Ordered to Compensate RNLI

A group of Extinction Rebellion activists who occupied an oil rig at the Port of Dundee have been ordered to pay compensation to the RNLI.

Police, coastguard and Forth Ports incurred £30,000 worth of costs as a result of the group’s actions on the Valaris rig’s 300ft platform in January last year.

The activists were hoping to stop the rig leaving the port to carry out work in the North Sea for Shell.

Federico Pastoris, 26, Marco Tenconi, 25, Guy Bowen, 33, Mark Quinn, 23, Fiona Cormie, 27, Joanne Venables, 37 and Alison Orr, 29, all previously pled guilty to committing a breach of the peace at Dundee Sheriff Court.

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UK Health Secretary: COVID Passes Will be Cancelled Unless You Get a Booster Jab

Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed that the double-vaccinated will no longer be entitled to Covid passes “once all adults have had a reasonable chance to get their booster jab”.

Without parliamentary intervention, the Boris Johnson administration will soon require people in England to show a negative lateral flow test in order to enter nightclubs and, with a Covid pass exemption for those who have been vaccinated not just once, but twice.

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UK Police Chiefs Consider Declaring Their Own Forces ‘Institutionally Racist’

Leaders of police forces in the United Kingdom are considering “publicly admitting” that “institutional racism” exists within their forces.

Senior police in Britain are considering making a public announcement that their various forces are “institutionally racist”.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion: Two Arrested After Activists Protest at Edmonton Incinerator

Two people have been arrested after Extinction Rebellion protesters demonstrated at a north London incinerator on Monday morning.

XR activists descended on the Edmonton EcoPark Incinerator shortly before 6am in protest over a planned expansion of the site.

The protesters arrived at the site in the early hours to protest what they call the “environmental racism” of burning more waste to produce energy.

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UK: Health Sec Admits Some Surgeries and Medical Appointments Will be Postponed for BoJo Booster Drive

Britain’s health secretary has admitted that some patients will not be able to get routine appointments with their GPs and some supposedly non-urgent surgeries could be postponed to 2022 as the National Health Service pivots to prioritise administering Covid boosters over other forms of healthcare.

On Sunday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Britons to get a third vaccination against the Chinese coronavirus in the face of the “tidal wave” of yet another variant, Omicron, allegedly to “protect” Britons’ “freedoms and our way of life” — and of course to “protect our NHS”.

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UK: Study: Face Mask Littering Increased by 9000% in First Months of Pandemic; May Have Helped Spread the Virus

A study out of the University of Portsmouth in the UK has found that instances of littering with face masks and other PPE surged by 9000 percent during the first seven months of the coronavirus pandemic, and may have even helped the virus to spread more rapidly.

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UK: Tory Rebel MP Accuses Govt of Creating ‘Miserable Dystopia’, Slams ‘Useless’ Labour for Backing New Restrictions

Conservative lockdown-sceptic MP Steve Baker has accused Boris Johnson’s government of creating a “miserable dystopia” in pushing for new coronavirus restrictions.

Despite Mr Baker being one of up to 100 Conservative MPs reportedly planning to rebel and vote against the new measures, the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) deputy chairman has warned that the passing legislation was already a “foregone conclusion” because the “useless” Labour Party opposition is planning to vote with the Government.

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Woke Church of England Goes Woker as Archbishop Complains About ‘Snowflake’ Insult

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned using the term ‘snowflake’ to refer to “younger generations” who are concerned about “the safety and protection of minorities”.

In a speech to the House of Lords during a debate about the challenges to freedom of speech, Archbishop Welby said that younger generations are more willing to call “for restrictions on speech” to protect minority groups.

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Lebanon: Minister Resigns After Pressure From Riyadh

During French President Macron’s visit to Gulf

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s information minister, George Qurdahi, announced he was stepping down on Friday. The minister was at the center, for over a month, of a diplomatic, commercial and political crisis between Beirut and Saudi Arabia. During a press conference in the Lebanese capital broadcast live on television, Qurdahi said he was resigning “because the interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese come before anything else”.

A few weeks ago, Qurdahi’s televised statements on the war in Yemen, considered hostile to Riyadh, sparked the harsh reaction of the oil-rich kingdom of the Gulf and its allies, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Qurdahi confirmed on Friday that his decision to resign — after weeks of pressure from the Arab League and several foreign ministries — was taken following the pressing request of France.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday started a visit to the Arab countries of the Gulf and a meeting is expected with Saudi crown prince Muhammad ben Salman. “The French wanted me to resign before Macron’s visit to Saudi Arabia, given that this could have contributed to dialogue with Saudi leaders”, said Qurdahi.

Riyadh and its allies recalled in October their ambassadors to Beirut and expelled Lebanese ambassadors in their respective capitals. Saudi Arabia froze commercial imports from Lebanon, a country hit by the worst financial crisis of the past decades.

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South Korea is Using Facial Recognition Software to Surveil Citizens Infected With COVID-19

South Korea is developing a pilot project that surveils its citizens in an effort to monitor the spread of COVID-19.

The program will use facial recognition technology in conjunction with artificial intelligence to track the movements of individuals infected with COVID-19, according to the program’s proposal. The project will become operational in the city of Bucheon by January, Reuters reported.

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Aussie PM Compares Vaccinated People to Sheep

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has compared his country’s vaccination program to herding sheep.

Well, this is awkward.

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New Zealand: Timaru Attempted Murder Case: Manu Hausia Admits Frenzied Stabbing Attack Witnessed by Children

Two children woken by screams in the night got up and saw a man stabbing their blood-soaked mother in a frenzied attack.

It was only “sheer luck” that Manu Hausia’s victim didn’t die, a court heard today, with stabs from a kitchen knife, and also scissors, only missing vital organs by millimetres.

Details of the harrowing case were revealed at the High Court in Christchurch this afternoon after Hausia admitted his brutal September 2 assault.

The 28-year-old Tonga national, who is currently in New Zealand on an interim visitor visa, will be sentenced in February, after pleading guilty to four charges, including attempted murder, injuring with intent, and assaulting a child…

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African Migrants Arrested for Robbery, Stabbing at Busy French Theater

Two illegal migrants from Africa were arrested for robbing people at a theater in France and stabbing the manager during an ensuing altercation, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Saturday evening at the Thétre de Gennevilliers in the department of Hauts-de-Seine.

During a performance, the suspects made their way backstage and stole a variety of valuable items, including jewelry, phones, and computers, law enforcement sources explained to Le Figaro.

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Denmark’s Former Immigration Minister Sentenced to Prison Over Illegal Decision

A court in Denmark has found the Nordic country’s ex-Minister for Immigration and Integration guilty of issuing an illegal order to separate underage spouses among asylum seekers, British public broadcaster BBC reports.

The Danish Supreme Court ruled on Monday, December 13, that Inger Støjberg’s decision in 2016 to separate couples was unlawful and jailed her for 60 days.

During her tenure from 2015 to 2019 the politician took a hard line on immigration and introduced dozens of restrictions. Among them was an order in February 2016 that married refugees under 18 years old should not be accommodated in the Nordic Country together with their spouse.

The current independent member of Denmark’s Folketing has denied any wrongdoing and explained the policy was designed to combat child marriage. This case was Denmark’s first impeachment trial since the 1990s and only its second in a century. Following the court’s ruling, Støjberg’s twenty-year political career is left hanging by a thread. The politician could lose her seat in a vote to remove her from parliament, BBC reports.

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Inger Stoejberg: Jail for Danish Ex-Minister for Asylum Separations

A former Danish immigration minister has been found guilty of illegally separating young asylum-seeking couples in a landmark impeachment trial.

Judges ruled Inger Stoejberg’s decision in 2016 to separate couples was unlawful and jailed her for 60 days.

Ms Stoejberg said she was surprised by the verdict and said the policy was designed to combat child marriage.

The case was Denmark’s first impeachment trial in three decades and only the sixth in its history.

“It’s not just me who has lost but Danish values have lost too,” she told reporters outside the court, adding that she would accept her punishment.

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Minister: Migrants No Longer Stay Long Near the Latvian Border

Since autumn 2021 migrants no longer stay for a long time on the Latvian-Belarusian border, as reported by Latvian Minister of the Interior Marija Golubeva at the EU information providers’ forum Europe’s Future on 13 December.

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Ron DeSantis Continues to Threaten to Send Undocumented Immigrants to Delaware

The Governor shied away from questions about 2024 in this segment.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continued Monday to float ideas about where he might send undocumented immigrants if the federal government sent them to Florida.

The Governor was on the Ingraham Angle Monday, again asserting the state’s position that they should be sent to other places.

DeSantis is putting his money where his mouth is: his proposed budget includes an $8 million allocation for relocating the undocumented.

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Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Slams Police for Letting Rapists With Penises Identify as Women

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, criticized Scotland’s government for logging male rapists as “female” simply because they claim to be women.

“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” Rowling posted Sunday on Twitter, alluding to George Orwell’s dystopian classic, “1984.”

Police in Scotland will record rapes as being committed by a woman in instances where the perpetrator has male genitalia and has not taken any steps to legally become a woman, as long as the rapist insists they are female, The Times reported.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/13/2021

  1. Latest videos from Paris show we have crossed over!

    Now the real game has started. Lets see how the cabal foot soldiers deal with physicality on many different fronts in different countries.

    The next step will be moving up the chain.

    See how they run, see how they run.

    Good luck to all

  2. Seneca, we know the answer to all of this.

    Let them push. The sooner we take all our countries back the better.

    Murderer’s don’t listen to their victims mate! They listen when you put a knife in their belly and say ” I am about to unzip you”.

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