Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/2/2021

Germany, following Austria’s lead, has locked down everyone who is unvaccinated. Germany is also expected to emulate Austria in mandating that all citizens be vaccinated or face legal penalties. Meanwhile, the state of Württemberg has recorded four cases of the Omicron variant in people who are fully vaccinated.

In other news, the European Union has tightened its asylum rules to make it harder for migrants to enter Poland from Belarus.

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Financial Crisis
» Inflation Causing Hardship for 45% of U.S. Households; Lower-Income Americans Most Affected: Gallup
» Poland: Experts Warn Inflation Growth is Exceeding Forecasts
» Private Payrolls Post Better-Than-Expected Growth of 534,000 in November, ADP Says
 
USA
» “Justice is Coming”: QAnon Shaman is Appealing the Result of His Guilty Plea
» 12 Jurors Now Seated for Kim Potter’s Trial; One Concerned Over Name Disclosure Stays On
» Arizona State University Says Kyle Rittenhouse ‘Has Not Gone Through Admissions Process’
» Biden’s Approval Rating Plummets to 36.3 Percent
» Breaking: Waukesha Massacre Suspect Scored High in Pretrial Risk Assessment, But Was Released Anyway
» Breaking: Alec Baldwin Says He Didn’t ‘Pull the Trigger’ In Shooting Death of Halyna Hutchins
» CIA Covered Up Staff Sex Crimes Committed Against Minors
» City of Chicago Dismisses Lawsuit Against FOP Over Vaccine Mandate
» Conservative Coalition Calls on Governments to End Critical Race Theory in Educational Institutions
» Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh Invited to Speak at SLU, Sparks Protests in the Streets
» Elizabeth Holmes’ Cross-Examination in Fraud Case is ‘Pretty Devastating, ‘ Expert Says
» Explainer: Why Was Michigan Suspect Charged With Terrorism?
» Ghislaine Maxwell’s Former Housekeeper Testified He Was Demanded to Turn a Blind Eye to Epstein Household
» Illinois Family Credits Ivermectin With Saving Life of Father Hospitalized With COVID-19
» Jackson Sparks Funeral: Waukesha Parade Attack Victim Mourned
» Judge Suspends Texas Social Media Political Censorship Ban
» Michigan Teen Charged in Oxford High School Shooting
» Neutral Video Platform Rumble to Go Public Under Ticker CFVI
» New York Times Complains That Cat Videos Are Being Used to Spread “Misinformation”
» Oklahoma Files Lawsuit Over National Guard COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
» Over 42,000 Adverse Reaction Reports Revealed in First Batch of Pfizer Vax Docs
» Paul Warns of Omicron Overreach: ‘Unscientific Fauci Will Want You to Wear an Extra Mask, And Dictate You Can’t Go to Church’
» Post-COVID: South Park Satirizes Pandemic Hysteria Over New Variant
» Rhode Island to Introduce Vaccine Passport
» Rural North Dakota Superintendent Sends Anti-’Woke’ Tirade to School Administrators Across the State
» Senator Thom Tillis Opposes Gigi Sohn FCC Nomination, Calls Her a “Anti-Copyright Activist”
» The Ability to Livestream Cops is Being Challenged as a First Amendment Right
» Trevor Noah Questions Impartiality of Moderna CEO, Gets Called “Anti-Vaxxer” By His Own Fans
» Twitter Slaps ‘Unsafe’ Label on American Heart Association mRNA Vaccine Warning
» Video: Joe Rogan Eviscerates Media for Reporting Waukesha Massacre as an “Accident”
» Video: Cruz Exposes Biden District Court Nominee’s “Hatred Directed at Conservatives” Right to His Face
» Waukesha Killer Feels “Demonized” After Murdering 6 in Cold Blood
 
Canada
» Suspicious Government-Funded Poll Says Citizens Prefer Censorship
 
Europe and the EU
» €1,000 Fine for Taking a Train While Unvaccinated and Untested in Italy
» Authoritarian Austria: 55 Per Cent Back Forced Vaccinations
» Belgium to Further Tighten COVID Lockdown on Friday
» Breaking: Germany Locks Down Its Unvaccinated Population
» ‘Chinafication of Europe’: EU President Hints at Bloc-Wide Vaccine Mandate
» Czechia: Political Rivals Babis and Fiala Join Forces to Support Vaccination Initiative
» Former Austrian Chancellor Kurz Announces He’s Leaving Politics
» Germany Has Fallen
» Germany Detects Four Cases of Omicron in the Fully Vaccinated
» Germany: Berlin Cafe No Longer Able to Offer Free Coffee to Non-Jabbed
» Greece to Fine Unvaccinated Elderly 100 Euros Per Month
» Poland: Support for Conservative Ruling Party is Starting to Slip in Polls
» Polish Art Market Record Broken at Recent Auction
» Shocking: In the Wake of Austria’s Drastic Lockdown of Unvaccinated People, EU Chief Calls for Throwing Out Nuremberg Code
» Spanish Inter-Regional COVID Committee Says Vaccine Passports Do Not Reduce Infections
» Sweden: Bus Driver, Rider Stabbed by Violent ‘Youths’
» UK: Jimmy Carr is an Idiot
» UK: Piers Corbyn Appears in Court Charged With Attending Five Anti-Lockdown Protests Alongside Anti-Vaxx Nurse and Other Demonstrators
» UK: Two Premier League Matches Halted Over ‘Medical Emergencies’ In the Crowd
» UK: Video: Senior Cardiologist Warns Study Linking COVID Vaccines to Massive Increase in Heart Attacks is Being Totally Ignored
» UK: World Health Organization Says “No Evidence” Booster Jabs Would Offer “Greater Protection” To the Healthy
» UK: Watch: ‘Disgusting’ Abuse Shouted at London Jewish Teens Celebrating Hanukkah
» Video: Some Swedes Are Getting Vaccine Passports on Implantable Microchips
» YouTube Restricts Campaign Video From French Presidential Candidate Eric Zemmour
» Ziobro vs. Jourova: Polish Justice Minister Clashes With European Commissioner
 
Russia
» Belarus Summons Czech Diplomat Over Expulsion of Football Chief
 
Far East
» China Prepared to Launch Hostilities Against India Along Disputed Himalayan Border
 
Immigration
» Belarusian KGB Set Up Fake Social Media Accounts to Inflame Migrant Crisis, Meta Says
» Canada, U.S and EU Allies Slam Belarus With Coordinated Sanctions Over Migrant Crisis
» EU to Make it Harder for Migrants to Enter From Belarus
» Italy: Mother, Child Attacked by Hammer-Wielding Migrant
» Lukashenko: We Will Try to Resolve Migration Crisis by End of the Year
» State of Emergency Ends on Polish-Belarusian Border; All Non-Residents Still Banned From Crossing Border
» ‘The V4 and All of Europe Supports Poland in Fighting the Migration Crisis,’ Says Polish President Duda
» UK: Prime Minister Criticises Facebook and Social Media Companies Over Migrant Trafficking Adverts and Says Online Safety Bill Will Empower the Government to Force Tech Giants to Remove Them
» Video Shows Migrants at Snowy Poland Border
 
Culture Wars
» Callin Releases a Range of New Updates
» Chicago Public Schools Abolish Gendered Bathrooms for Trans Inclusion Amid Struggles to Maintain Student Proficiency
» Fairfax County Parents Demand School Board Resign After ‘Doubling Down’ On ‘Porn in Schools’
» Hungarian Parliament Approves Child Protection Referendum
» Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Claim Judge ‘Lunged’ At One of Them, Ask for a Mistrial
» Massachusetts Teacher Fired Over TikTok School Board Campaign Video on CRT Files Federal Lawsuit
» New Twitter Rules Boost Mainstream Media’s Gatekeeping Power
» UPenn Trans Swimmer, 22, Sparks Outrage by Smashing Women’s Competition Records After Competing as a Man for Three Seasons
 

Inflation Causing Hardship for 45% of U.S. Households; Lower-Income Americans Most Affected: Gallup

By Mohamed Younis of Gallup

As the peak of holiday shopping approaches and winter temperatures drive up heating costs across the U.S., 45% of American households report that recent price increases are causing their family some degree of financial hardship. Ten percent describe it as severe hardship affecting their standard of living, while another 35% say the hardship is moderate.

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

Poland: Experts Warn Inflation Growth is Exceeding Forecasts

Statistics Poland (GUS) has released a flash forecast report, according to which the prices of goods and services in Poland increased by 7.7 percent year-on-year in November 2021 and by 1 percent compared to the previous month.

Meanwhile, economists surveyed by Polish Press Agency had estimated that the prices of goods and services would increase by 7.4 percent year-on-year in November and by 0.6 percent month to month.

In October 2021, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 6.8 percent year-on-year and 1.1 percent month-to-month. This is the highest recorded inflation rate growth since 2000 when it amounted to 8.5 percent in December of that year.

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

Private Payrolls Post Better-Than-Expected Growth of 534,000 in November, ADP Says

Companies added jobs at a robust pace in November despite worries about rising inflation and the threat that the pandemic could slow growth into the winter months, according to a report Wednesday from payroll processing firm ADP.

Private hiring increased by 534,000 for the month, better than the Dow Jones estimate of 506,000 in a labor market that appears to be getting tighter. The total was a decline from the October growth of 570,000, which was revised lower by 1,000.

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

“Justice is Coming”: QAnon Shaman is Appealing the Result of His Guilty Plea

Appeals don’t really see too much of the light of day when you plead guilty to begin with, as the “QAnon Shaman”, Jacob Chansley, did.

Chansley, who etched his mark in history by roaming through the halls of the U.S. Senate chamber bare-chested and cloaked in a coyote-skin headdress with his face painted red, white and blue on January 6th, is hoping to change that.

He was recently sentenced to more than three years in prison for his role in the “riot”, which mostly included walking around the halls of the U.S. Senate Chamber with an American flag.

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

12 Jurors Now Seated for Kim Potter’s Trial; One Concerned Over Name Disclosure Stays On

Jury selection in the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter ended Thursday with the number chosen increasing by three to 12, leaving two more spots to fill.

Judge Regina Chu said 14 jurors will be seated with the final pair serving as alternates who will be dismissed before the jury begins deliberating whether Potter is guilty of either first— or second-degree manslaughter for killing Wright in April as he attempted to evade arrest on a gross-misdemeanor warrant.

Jury selection resumes Friday. Opening statements are scheduled for Dec. 8.

The 12 on the panel break down this way: six men and six women; nine white, two Asian and one Black; three in their 20s, one in their 30s, four in their 40s, two in their 50s and two in their 60s.

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

Arizona State University Says Kyle Rittenhouse ‘Has Not Gone Through Admissions Process’

An Arizona State University spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Caller that Kyle Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled at the university.

Rittenhouse’s disenrollment from the university was reported after the “Students for Socialism at ASU” called for the university to revoke his admission. Left-wing student groups hosted protests on Wednesday, Dec. 1, calling on the university to “deny Kyle Rittenhouse further admission to ASU” and release a statement against “white supremacist and racist killer Kyle Rittenhouse.”

An ASU spokesperson said that Rittenhouse “has not gone through the ASU admissions process,” and said that “University records show that [Rittenhouse] is not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU.

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

Biden’s Approval Rating Plummets to 36.3 Percent

A recent poll released by the Trafalgar Group has revealed that Biden’s approval rating in November has continued to fall, landing at 36.3 percent.

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

Breaking: Waukesha Massacre Suspect Scored High in Pretrial Risk Assessment, But Was Released Anyway

On Thursday, the pretrial risk assessment for Darrell Brooks, the man who reportedly plowed his car through Waukesha’s Christmas parade last month, killing 6, was revealed on social media, showing that the man scored extremely high on it. This indicates that the court was aware that he was at risk of committing future crimes.

In a pretrial risk assessment administered on November 5, Brooks scored a four out of six in Failure to Appear (FTA), and a six out of six in New Criminal Activity (NCA).

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

Breaking: Alec Baldwin Says He Didn’t ‘Pull the Trigger’ In Shooting Death of Halyna Hutchins

In a preview of an exclusive interview with George Stephanopolous, actor Alec Baldwin says he “didn’t pull the trigger” in the shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set of Rust in October.

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

CIA Covered Up Staff Sex Crimes Committed Against Minors

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was aware that at least 10 members of its staff allegedly committed sex crimes against children, though only one employee was ever prosecuted, according to released documents first reported by BuzzFeed News.

One CIA employee had “inappropriate sexual activity with an unidentified two-year-old girl” and confessed to having sexual relations with a six-year-old, according to internal CIA reports dating from 2004 to 2019 accessed by BuzzFeed through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The employee was fired but never charged.

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

City of Chicago Dismisses Lawsuit Against FOP Over Vaccine Mandate

CHICAGO — The City of Chicago has dismissed their lawsuit against FOP Lodge 7 over the vaccine mandate.

Per policy, all city employees were to disclose their vaccination status by Oct. 15.

FOP Lodge 7, led by union president John Catanzara, were opposed to the mandate and urged rank-and-file members to disobey. They filed a lawsuit in court, challenging the mandate, and the city filed a counter suit.

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

Conservative Coalition Calls on Governments to End Critical Race Theory in Educational Institutions

Concerned groups and institutions have gotten together to issue a joint statement and work together to end the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms across the nation, without limiting free discussion in the classroom in any way.

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

Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh Invited to Speak at SLU, Sparks Protests in the Streets

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — A conservative commentator drew both a large crowd of supporters and protestors ahead of his speech Wednesday night.

Matt Walsh, who works for conservative media outlet, The Daily Wire, was invited to speak at Saint Louis University by a student group in August. SLU’s College Republicans worked with Young America’s Foundation to secure Walsh as a speaker on campus.

“We haven’t had a true conservative speaker on campus since 2017,” said Nick Baker, president of SLU College Republicans. “We put out a poll amongst our board and Matt Walsh was the most popular choice.”

Soon after, online petitions began circulating in opposition to Walsh, claiming he holds “harmful opinions,” promotes “hate speech” and would be a “threat to safety” on campus.

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

Elizabeth Holmes’ Cross-Examination in Fraud Case is ‘Pretty Devastating, ‘ Expert Says

After years of silence, the once high-flying biotech CEO Elizabeth Holmes has nearly finished explaining in her own words how her blood-testing company Theranos imploded after raising nearly a billion dollars.

On the witness stand in San Jose’s federal courthouse Tuesday, Holmes, once proclaimed the youngest female self-made billionaire, defended herself, sometimes through tears, in a risky cross examination by prosecutor Robert Leach. Holmes’ cross examination resumes next week.

The 37-year-old’s testimony is expected to weigh heavily on jurors’ minds as they decide whether to convict her on 11 counts of criminal fraud, each carrying up to 20 years in prison. So far, prosecutors have posed questions suggesting she knew Theranos couldn’t fulfill its promise of conducting hundreds of blood tests with a few drops of blood. The questions also elicited an admission from Holmes that she tried to muzzle whistleblowers.

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

Explainer: Why Was Michigan Suspect Charged With Terrorism?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting at his high school, a novel approach made possible by a law enacted after the 9/11 attacks nearly 20 years ago.

The state’s 2002 anti-terrorism law defines a terroristic act as one intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to affect the conduct of a government through intimidation or coercion. Gun-control advocates who track gunfire incidents on school grounds were not immediately aware of similar terrorism charges having been filed in other states.

“It’s not a usual, a typical charge,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said of terrorism causing death, adding that the four students who were killed and seven others who were shot are not the only victims. “What about all the children who ran, screaming, hiding under desks? What about all the children at home right now, who can’t eat and can’t sleep and can’t imagine a world where they could ever step foot back in that school? Those are victims, too, and so are their families and so is the community. The charge of terrorism reflects that.”

Ethan Crumbley, 15, also was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder and gun crimes in Tuesday’s attack at Oxford High School. He faces life in prison on both the terrorism and murder counts. Crumbley pleaded not guilty.

Michigan, unlike federal law and some states with their own anti-terrorism laws, has a broader definition beyond pressuring or retaliating against only the government with violence. In Florida, for instance — where the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland occurred — the shooter was not charged with terrorism. Nor was the shooter in a 2017 rampage at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which was a federal case.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said he “100%” backs the terrorism charge against Crumbley.

“If you weren’t hit by a bullet, it doesn’t mean you weren’t terrorized that day and won’t have nightmares about (it) the rest of your life — whether you’re a parent, a teacher or a student in that class,” he said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Former Housekeeper Testified He Was Demanded to Turn a Blind Eye to Epstein Household

It’s day four of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial and today the court proceedings explored the relationship dynamic of what it was like to be a staffer under the employ of Jeffrey Epstein.

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

Illinois Family Credits Ivermectin With Saving Life of Father Hospitalized With COVID-19

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — An Illinois family whose loved one was “desperately ill” and hospitalized earlier this month with COVID-19 says he’s now home and doing well after a judge had to order a Naperville hospital to treat him with Ivermectin.

On Nov. 8, the family won a legal battle to gain approval to administer the controversial drug to 71-year-old Sun Ng, who had been on a ventilator since October 19.

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

Jackson Sparks Funeral: Waukesha Parade Attack Victim Mourned

A memorial and funeral for Jackson Sparks, the boy killed in the Waukesha parade attack, was held Thursday at Brooklife Church in Mukwonago.

MUKWONAGO, Wis. — Honoring a life taken far too soon, hundreds gathered Thursday, Dec. 2 to pay tribute to Jackson sparks — the 8-year-old boy killed in the Waukesha parade attack.

At Brooklife Church in Mukwonago, mourners with heavy hearts said goodbye to a child who touched countless lives.

“I was born and raised in this city, it’s a great city to be in. All those people who passed, that hurt,” said Anna Brown…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Suspends Texas Social Media Political Censorship Ban

A federal court has blocked the Texas law that would have banned social media platforms from censoring content based on viewpoint.

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

Michigan Teen Charged in Oxford High School Shooting

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured more at a Michigan high school, authorities said Wednesday as they revealed additional details, including a meeting between troubled officials and his parents just a few hours before the bloodshed.

No motive was offered by Oakland County authorities, a day after violence at Oxford High School, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. But prosecutor Karen McDonald said the shooting was premeditated, based on a “mountain of digital evidence” against Ethan Crumbley.

“This was not just an impulsive act,” McDonald said.

Indeed, sheriff’s Lt. Tim Willis told a judge that Crumbley recorded a video the night before the violence in which he discussed killing students.

Crumbley was charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism causing death. During his arraignment, he replied, “Yes, I do,” when asked if he understood the charges. Defense attorney Scott Kozak entered a plea of not guilty…

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Neutral Video Platform Rumble to Go Public Under Ticker CFVI

Rumble, a censorship-free video platforms alternative to YouTube, has entered an acquisition deal with Cantor Fitzgerald-sponsored CF Acquisition Corp. VI (CFVI). After the completion of the business combination deal in the second quarter of 2022, the company will be known as Rumble Inc. and will be publicly listed.

Rumble, popular with commentators Dan Bongino and Glenn Greenwald, prides itself on a neutral platform allowing content creators to share their content without any restrictions or censorship. It has become popular over the past year due to what many see as biased content moderation rules on YouTube.

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

New York Times Complains That Cat Videos Are Being Used to Spread “Misinformation”

The New York Times has identified the latest culprit that’s to blame for the egregious spread of online “misinformation.”

Cat videos.

Yes, really, cat videos — and GIFs.

In an article titled ‘Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation’, reporter Davey Alba claimed “videos and GIFs of cute animals — usually cats” were being used by “people and organizations peddling false information online.”

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

Oklahoma Files Lawsuit Over National Guard COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Oklahoma’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all federal employees and the state’s National Guard on Thursday, according to a news release.

The lawsuit asked a federal court to implement a temporary restraining order to halt the enforcement of the vaccine mandate, the news release said.

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

Over 42,000 Adverse Reaction Reports Revealed in First Batch of Pfizer Vax Docs

The FDA’s excruciatingly slow release of data related to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has already borne fruit, and it’s damning despite a trickle of just 500 pages per month out of 329,000 pages — which will take until 2076 to complete.

As first reported by Kyle Becker, there were a total of 42,086 case reports for adverse reactions (25,379 medically confirmed, 16,707 non-medically confirmed), spanning 158,893 total events.

More than 25,000 of the events were classified as “Nervous system disorders.”

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

Paul Warns of Omicron Overreach: ‘Unscientific Fauci Will Want You to Wear an Extra Mask, And Dictate You Can’t Go to Church’

Senator Rand Paul warned Wednesday that despite knowing little to nothing about the Omicron variant of COVID, which has been described as mild by South African doctors and experts, the prescription from the likes of Anthony Fauci and Joe Biden is ‘more government and less freedom.’

Appearing on Fox News, Paul urged that Fauci is a “partisan” who “always defaults to more rules, more regulation, and less of your liberty.”

Paul further noted that “instead of waiting to find out whether this is a dangerous variant, [Fauci] immediately wants to test everybody.”

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

Post-COVID: South Park Satirizes Pandemic Hysteria Over New Variant

The new episode of South Park, which satirizes COVID hysteria, features a plot where a new variant of the virus is discovered, prompting mass panic and martial law.

Great timing.

The new installment is set in a South Park decades into the future where Stan, Kyle and Cartman are all grown up.

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

Rhode Island to Introduce Vaccine Passport

On Wednesday, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee announced 401 Health, a vaccine passport app. The state’s Health Department’s COVID Response Unit executive director Tom McCarthy said the app is in testing and will be fully launched in two weeks.

“We have been working for quite some time for the right national standard that will allow Rhode Islanders to travel nationally, internationally, and be recognized as a group for their vaccination status,” McCarthy said. He argued that the CDC-issues paper vaccine cards are inconvenient.

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

Rural North Dakota Superintendent Sends Anti-’Woke’ Tirade to School Administrators Across the State

BISMARCK — The superintendent of a rural North Dakota school district recently sent a controversial email to school administrators across the state in which he slammed critical race theory, compared Democrats to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and advocated for teaching students about the nation’s “Christian heritage.”

Starkweather Public School District Superintendent Larry Volk wrote in an email to a mailing list run by the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders that critical race theory is “bigotry cloaked in academic theory” and noted it “will never have a place in our school district.” He added that it’s “time to move away from godless corrupt woke, left-wing ideology and back to the devout Christ centered Republic the founders envisioned.”

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

Senator Thom Tillis Opposes Gigi Sohn FCC Nomination, Calls Her a “Anti-Copyright Activist”

A day before Gigi Sohn’s confirmation hearing for a place in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Senator Thom Tillis penned a letter to President Biden asking him to withdraw the nomination.

But Tilli’s opposition wasn’t based on the fact that Sohn is overtly pro-censorship.

The Republican senator — known as a strong protector of corporate rights holders’ interests — branded Sohn as an “anti-copyright activist.”

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

The Ability to Livestream Cops is Being Challenged as a First Amendment Right

According to many civil liberties groups, livestreaming the police is protected by the First Amendment and is crucial in the documentation process.

In 2018, Dijon Sharpe was stopped by two police officers in North Carolina. He began livestreaming his interaction with the officers on social media.

The officer told him that he was not allowed to stream and attempted to cut off the live video by seizing his phone. Sharpe filed a lawsuit (here) arguing that the police officers violated his First Amendment right to record and livestream an interaction with the police.

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

Trevor Noah Questions Impartiality of Moderna CEO, Gets Called “Anti-Vaxxer” By His Own Fans

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah questioned whether the CEO of Moderna had a conflict of interest in calling for new vaccines to fight Omicron, only to be attacked as an “anti-vaxxer” by his own fans.

Yes, really.

A clip of the segment was posted on Twitter a few hours ago and is already stoking controversy.

In it, Noah points out that all the cases of Omicron so far have been characterized by mild symptoms, a perfectly accurate point (no one in the world has died from the new variant yet).

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

Twitter Slaps ‘Unsafe’ Label on American Heart Association mRNA Vaccine Warning

Twitter has slapped an “unsafe link” warning on a study from the American Heart Association which found that mRNA vaccines dramatically increase risk of developing heart diseases from 11% to 25%.

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

Video: Joe Rogan Eviscerates Media for Reporting Waukesha Massacre as an “Accident”

Joe Rogan once again tore the legacy media apart on his podcast, this time over its coverage of the Waukesha attack after several outlets referred to the murderous rampage as an accident.

“The guy in Wisconsin had tried to run over his f****** girlfriend and he was out on only $1000 bail. He tried to kill someone with his car, he was out on $1000 bail, and then he runs over 50 people in a car,” Rogan explained.

“Here’s the f***** up part: the way they’re covering that story in the news. It’s not the ‘man who killed those people,’ it was an accident that was caused by an SUV,” Rogan said, referring to NBC, CNN, CBS and others calling the attack a ‘crash’ and an ‘accident’.

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

Video: Cruz Exposes Biden District Court Nominee’s “Hatred Directed at Conservatives” Right to His Face

During a Senate hearing Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz interrogated Biden judicial nominee Dale Ho, noting that he has made several scathing verbal attacks on Republicans recently, and in the past admitted that his “hatred” towards conservatives provides a source of “moral clarity”.

Cruz pointed out “I would note, just sitting here, this may be a first in that you have tweeted attacks at multiple members of this committee including Senator Lee, Senator Cotton, Senator Blackburn, Senator Cornyn, and far from being intemperate statements when you were a teenager, most of these tweets occurred last year.”

“So in the last 12 months, you have engaged—or the last about 18 months—you have engaged in partisan attacks on multiple members of this committee,” Cruz asserted.

You can’t look at Ho’s tweets currently, because his Twitter account has been set so that “Only approved followers can see” what he posts now.

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

Waukesha Killer Feels “Demonized” After Murdering 6 in Cold Blood

Somewhere in the US, there’s probably an aspiring trial lawyer eager to take up the cause of Darrell Brooks Jr., the convicted sex offender and known recidivist who drove his truck into the Waukesha Christmas parade late last month, killing six and injuring more than 60 people (he’s now facing multiple murder charges and must appear in court wearing a bullet proof vest and other protective gear).

In an effort to curry sympathy, Brooks, who was arrested after asking a nearby Waukesha resident to use their phone (the man allowed him to use the phone, and even made Brooks a sandwich), has told two Fox reporters — the first two reporters to speak to him since his arrest — that he feels “demonized” after committing one of the most horrific holiday atrocities in recent memory. Brooks has admitted to being a “black supremacist” and a sex trafficker of underage minors in various social media posts (and a SoundCloud page where he shared rap songs with anti-white lyrics.

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

Suspicious Government-Funded Poll Says Citizens Prefer Censorship

The majority of Canadians want the internet censored, according to a new poll by a government agency.

A report on Blacklock’s Reporter claims that the Canadian Race Relations Foundation poll conducted in November found that most Canadians support internet censorship.

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

€1,000 Fine for Taking a Train While Unvaccinated and Untested in Italy

Italians travelling on public transport without a vaccine passport could face fines of up to a thousand euros under new Chinese coronavirus restrictions.

The introduction of the fine was included in a decree which states that all Italians using public transport must hold valid a valid ‘Green Pass’, which requires either full vaccination, proof of recovery from the coronavirus, or proof of a recent negative test.

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Authoritarian Austria: 55 Per Cent Back Forced Vaccinations

A poll on Austria’s proposed forced mandatory vaccination mandate has revealed that 55 per cent of the public in the country are in favour of the policy.

The Gallup poll found that 55 per cent of the 1,000 respondents who took part in the survey agreed with the Austrian government’s general vaccine mandate that will require all Austrians to be vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus starting in February.

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Belgium to Further Tighten COVID Lockdown on Friday

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government has vowed to reinforce measures to contain the coronavirus even more with fresh measures to be decided Friday, possibly including more school closures and further reducing opening times of bars and restaurants.

Local media said Friday’s possible measures also include further cuts in indoor sports events, and reducing group meetings to 200 people at most.

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Breaking: Germany Locks Down Its Unvaccinated Population

Germany announced on Thursday that it would be implementing a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated individuals, according to Reuters.

Those who are not adequately vaccinated for COVID-19 will be unable to access all services but those that are deemed essential, such as grocery or pharmacy services.

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‘Chinafication of Europe’: EU President Hints at Bloc-Wide Vaccine Mandate

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen has called for discussions regarding the implementation of forced vaccination throughout the entire EU, in a move that has been described as the “Chinafication of Europe”.

Just hours after the incoming chancellor of Germany said he was in favour of imposing mandatory vaccinations, Angela Merkel protegé-turned European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen appeared to follow suit, hinting on Wednesday that the entire bloc may seek to impose vaccine mandates.

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Czechia: Political Rivals Babis and Fiala Join Forces to Support Vaccination Initiative

Outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Babis and new Prime Minister Petr Fiala are jointly supporting the initiative “Let’s vaccinate a million people with a booster dose in a week and help our paramedics.”

According to Babis, the project aims to help hospitals and vaccination centers deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The initiative wants more doctors to join the vaccination process. The presence of the two prime ministers at the press conference indicates the seriousness of the situation.

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Former Austrian Chancellor Kurz Announces He’s Leaving Politics

Former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced he was quitting politics.

“It’s a new chapter in my life that opens today,” he told reporters in Vienna, saying he wanted to devote time to his family.

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Germany Has Fallen

The unvaccinated will be banned from shops and every other area of society besides “essential” services.

The jab will be mandatory.

Germany and authoritarianism. Name a more iconic duo.

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Germany Detects Four Cases of Omicron in the Fully Vaccinated

Germany has detected four cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, all of whom were fully vaccinated.

Reuters reports: “Four people in southern Germany have tested positive for the Omicron COVID-19 variant even though they were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the public health office in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.”

“Three of the infected people returned from a business trip to South Africa on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 respectively, and the fourth person is a family member of one of the returnees. All four showed moderate symptoms.”

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Germany: Berlin Cafe No Longer Able to Offer Free Coffee to Non-Jabbed

A German coffeehouse chain landed in hot water after it offered free beverages to unvaccinated patrons at its Berlin shops.

The stunt was in response to stricter lockdown measures that came into force last weekend.

The ‘2G-plus’ rules came into force in the German capital last Saturday, restricting access to most public venues to people vaccinated against Covid-19 and those who have recovered from the disease.

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Greece to Fine Unvaccinated Elderly 100 Euros Per Month

The Greek government will fine all unvaccinated people aged 60 and over €100 (£85/$113) every month after mandatory jabs are enforced from next month.

The new policy came as part of an amendment to existing legislation on the mandatory vaccine policies introduced by the government earlier this week and will see anyone born prior to December 31st, 1961, unless they can prove they have recovered from the Wuhan virus in the last six months or have particular vulnerability to vaccine side-effects, newspaper Ekathimerini reports.

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Poland: Support for Conservative Ruling Party is Starting to Slip in Polls

The latest surveys show a clear drop-in support for the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS). According to the latest poll carried out by the Estymator research center for news portal DoRzeczy.pl, PiS can count on 35.3 percent of support — a 2.3-percentage point decrease compared to previous surveys.

In terms of seats in parliament, given that level of support, PiS could count on possessing 194 seats. This means that the ruling camp would lose 41 seats compared to the number they had following the 2019 parliamentary elections.

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Polish Art Market Record Broken at Recent Auction

Andrzej Wróblewski’s “Two Married Women” sold for 13.44 million zlotys (€2.9 million), making it both the most expensive painting sold in Poland and the most expensive art piece sold on the Polish market.

Wróblewski’s “Two Married Women” is one of the most important works of Polish post-war art. It was finished in 1949 and was the second piece in the “Social Contrasts” series. The painting depicts two women with different values. One of the women is wealthy, young and elegant and can be seen holding a small black dog in her arms. The other woman is a proud mother — a proletarian with a baby in her arms.

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Shocking: In the Wake of Austria’s Drastic Lockdown of Unvaccinated People, EU Chief Calls for Throwing Out Nuremberg Code

Ursula Van Der Leyen, the head of the EU commission, told the press on Wednesday that she is in favour of scrapping the long-standing Nuremberg Code and forcing people to get vaccinated against COVID.

“Hey, it’s just the Nuremberg code. Only what we learned from the Nazi atrocities, not least those that were medical,” sarcastically notes esteemed professor, lecturer and podcaster Dr. Jordan Peterson.

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Spanish Inter-Regional COVID Committee Says Vaccine Passports Do Not Reduce Infections

An inter-regional COVID committee in Spain concluded that controversial vaccine passports that create a checkpoint society have no impact on infections. They warned that vaccine passes pass the wrong message that vaccinated people do not spread the virus.

According to the report, obtained by El Pais (via The Telegraph), the experts analyzed the experiences of other countries in the region to arrive at the conclusion that the use of passports to access restaurants and other entertainment venues does not reduce the spread of the virus.

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Sweden: Bus Driver, Rider Stabbed by Violent ‘Youths’

A bus driver and passenger were hospitalized after being attacked and stabbed by a group of ‘young people’ in Sweden this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday in the culturally-enriched city of Gothenburg.

At least four ‘youths’ were riding a bus together when one of them pulled the emergency brake and then ran off during the ensuing chaos, authorities say.

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UK: Jimmy Carr is an Idiot

The utter state of once ‘edgy’ comedians.

Now pathetically dependent on recycling regime talking points to maintain any kind of platform or relevance.

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UK: Piers Corbyn Appears in Court Charged With Attending Five Anti-Lockdown Protests Alongside Anti-Vaxx Nurse and Other Demonstrators

Piers Corbyn and a group of fellow anti-lockdown protesters have appeared in court accused of breaking coronavirus restrictions over a year ago.

The former Labour leader’s brother, 74, is charged with holding and participating in a gathering of over 30 people at Trafalgar Square on August 29, 2020.

Piers is also facing similar charges of holding and attending gatherings in Trafalgar Square on August 26, 2020, and October 24, 2020, in Westminster on November 28 and on the South Bank on December 31 that year.

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UK: Two Premier League Matches Halted Over ‘Medical Emergencies’ In the Crowd

Two Premier League football matches were halted last night over ‘medical emergencies’ that occurred in the stands, with one victim suffering a cardiac arrest.

A match at Vicarage Road between Watford and Chelsea had to be stopped for 30 minutes after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest during the first half.

The players refused to return to the pitch until the situation had been resolved, with the fan being removed on a stretcher and taken to Watford General Hospital.

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UK: Video: Senior Cardiologist Warns Study Linking COVID Vaccines to Massive Increase in Heart Attacks is Being Totally Ignored

A leading cardiologist in the UK has warned that a colleague of his is finding it impossible to get research published because it definitively links COVID vaccines to a massive increase in heart attacks.

Appearing on GB News, Dr. Aseem Malhotra related how he was contacted by a researcher from a prestigious British Institution who said that he had found concrete links between inflammation of coronary arteries and the experimental mRNA vaccines.

Dr. Malhotra added that his colleague told him the institution decided it would be better not to publish the results, fearing it would lose its research funding.

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UK: World Health Organization Says “No Evidence” Booster Jabs Would Offer “Greater Protection” To the Healthy

The World Health Organization has questioned the UK government’s decision to roll out hundreds of millions of booster jabs to its population, asserting there is “no evidence” they would offer “greater protection” to the healthy.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s says the country has secured an additional 114 million vaccine doses for 2022 and 2023 to “buy time” and that everyone over the age of 18 will be offered one by the end of January.

Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies program, questioned the logic behind this decision.

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UK: Watch: ‘Disgusting’ Abuse Shouted at London Jewish Teens Celebrating Hanukkah

London’s busiest shopping street bore witness to what has been described as “disturbing” and “disgusting” antisemitic abuse of Jewish teens celebrating Hannukah this week, prompting messages of condemnation from British political leaders.

A one-minute video shared by the Jewish Chronicle showing a group of men spitting, shouting, and even striking with removed shoes — a sign of immense disrespect in some cultures — a bus has been met with condemnation. The faith-interest paper reported the bus was “full” of Jewish teenagers out in London enjoying the first night of Hanukkah on Oxford Street, a central London spot synonymous with high-end retail and a top spot for tourists to the city.

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Video: Some Swedes Are Getting Vaccine Passports on Implantable Microchips

Footage out of Sweden shows people willingly having COVID vaccine passports placed onto implantable microchips in their hands.

Yes, really.

The chips started out as a convenience fad. Those with an implant can open doors without keys, pay without cash, carry gym memberships and ID without cards and wallets.

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YouTube Restricts Campaign Video From French Presidential Candidate Eric Zemmour

After 2.4 million views to date, YouTube has now placed what appear to be arbitrary restrictions on a video announcing the launch of Eric Zemmour’s campaign for the French presidency.

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Ziobro vs. Jourova: Polish Justice Minister Clashes With European Commissioner

Vice President of the European Commission Vera Jourova reportedly said during a closed meeting with Polish journalists that “unfortunately, the dependence of judges on politicians has increased in Poland. A judicial dualism has been created, and many decisions are questioned,”

“This is total chaos which his being deepened by the negation of rulings made by European courts. I wonder, how many more people will have to tell Minister Zbigniew Ziobro that what he is doing is wrong?” Jourova was to have asked, according to Wirtualna Polska journalist Marcin Makowski.

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Belarus Summons Czech Diplomat Over Expulsion of Football Chief

Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Czech chargé d’affaire Petr Halax in protest against the expulsion of the chief of the Belarus Football Federation, Vladimir Bazanov, from the Czech Republic. According to the Czech authorities, Bazanov arrived in the country without a permit and violated epidemic measures.

“We strongly protest against the official steps of Prague in connection with the situation that happened to Bazanov in the Czech Republic on Nov. 30, 2021,” Anatol Hlaz, a spokesman for Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commented on the incident.

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China Prepared to Launch Hostilities Against India Along Disputed Himalayan Border

Chinese missile-laden bombers flew over a contested border area with India recently, following the breakdown of bilateral talks between Indian and Chinese regional military commanders.

The near-simultaneity of the collapse of military negotiations and the threatening fly-over by People’s Liberation Army Air Force bombers underscores China’s willingness to punish India for having resisted Beijing’s territorial claims and aggression in the region.

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Belarusian KGB Set Up Fake Social Media Accounts to Inflame Migrant Crisis, Meta Says

KYIV (Reuters) — Facebook’s parent company Meta has linked the Belarusian KGB to the setting up of dozens of fake social media accounts of people posing as journalists and activists to stir up a migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland.

A Meta report on Wednesday said it had removed 41 Facebook accounts, five Facebook Groups and four Instagram accounts for violating its policy on “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”.

The fake profiles were used to criticise the behaviour of the Polish authorities, including spreading allegations that Polish border guards were using force and intimidation against migrants, it said.

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Canada, U.S and EU Allies Slam Belarus With Coordinated Sanctions Over Migrant Crisis

The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants.

The three countries and the 27-nation EU have targeted Belarus since President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term last year in an election that the West and other observers say was fraudulent, and over the security crackdown on peaceful protestors that followed.

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EU to Make it Harder for Migrants to Enter From Belarus

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union migration officials offered Wednesday to ease the asylum-evaluation rules for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to what the EU has called a “hybrid attack” by Belarus to destabilize the bloc using migrants and refugees.

The move would make it harder for people to enter the 27-nation bloc from Belarus, even though fewer are now trying. Charity groups and lawmakers said the revised procedures would amount to legalizing “pushbacks,” the act of denying people their right to apply for asylum, often using force.

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Italy: Mother, Child Attacked by Hammer-Wielding Migrant

Police in Italy arrested an armed illegal migrant suspected of attacking a mother and her child at a bus stop, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Tuesday in Naples.

Police on patrol were approached by people who alerted them that a crazed man was on a rampage on a nearby street, Il Mattino reports.

Officers encountered the violent suspect, who was wielding a hammer.

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Lukashenko: We Will Try to Resolve Migration Crisis by End of the Year

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko wants to resolve the migration crisis on the border with Poland by the end of this year, according to an interview he offered Russian Ria Novosti news agency.

“I spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. I told her we would try to resolve the situation by the New Year because we didn’t need this. People are starting to gather in Minsk or Grodno,” said Lukashenko.

According to him, Belarus will ask refugees from the Middle East to return to their countries, because no humanitarian corridor will open. Lukashenko claims that more than a thousand Iraqis already went home.

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State of Emergency Ends on Polish-Belarusian Border; All Non-Residents Still Banned From Crossing Border

The state of emergency was introduced on Sept. 2 on the territory of 183 towns located in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie regions bordering with Belarus. According to the Polish constitution, a state of emergency cannot last longer than 90 days and that deadline passed on Nov. 30.

Polish Parliament had amended the bill on protecting the state border, which was signed by the president and allowed a new law to be passed Just before midnight on Nov. 30, the minister of the interior published an ordinance which introduced new regulations concerning how border towns will function going forward.

Starting Wednesday, a ban on non-resident access has been imposed in towns which were previously under the state of emergency. The new law allows access to people who do not work or live in the areas in question, but only if they have permission from the commander of the local Border Guard unit.

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‘The V4 and All of Europe Supports Poland in Fighting the Migration Crisis,’ Says Polish President Duda

During an interview for Polish public television (TVP), President Andrzej Duda emphasized that on Monday in Budapest the Visegrad Four presidents passed a joint declaration in which they clearly pointed out who is responsible for the current crisis.

“It is Lukashenko’s regime. Also, the representatives of other states declared support for Polish

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UK: Prime Minister Criticises Facebook and Social Media Companies Over Migrant Trafficking Adverts and Says Online Safety Bill Will Empower the Government to Force Tech Giants to Remove Them

The Prime Minister has condemned Facebook and other social media companies after it was revealed people smugglers were advertising online.

Boris Johnson said too many criminal gangs were using social media to advertise their services openly on various platforms.

He added that the Government’s Online Safety Bill would help tackle the problem and allow them to force companies such as Facebook and others to remove the harmful content.

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Video Shows Migrants at Snowy Poland Border

The Polish border guard said that on Wednesday (December 1), 58 attempts to cross the border were made.

In the month of November, the Polish border guard reported 8900 attempts to cross the border.

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Callin Releases a Range of New Updates

Callin, a social podcasting app launched two months ago and is an alternative to the likes of Twitter Spaces, announced a major upgrade. The app, co-founded by former PayPal COO David Sacks, who has condemned the recent trend towards political censorship, combines the idea of social audio and podcasting.

“Today, I’m excited to announce our biggest upgrade yet, version 2.0 of Callin. This release features a major redesign and a multitude of new features making it easier for hosts to create and listeners to enjoy their favorite content,” Sacks wrote on a Medium blogpost.

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Chicago Public Schools Abolish Gendered Bathrooms for Trans Inclusion Amid Struggles to Maintain Student Proficiency

In the Chicago Public School system, students are pushed through to graduation regardless of demonstrating proficiency in reading, math, or writing.

But instead, CPS is dedicated to switching out bathroom signs in order to promote gender equality. This focus was highlighted on social media Thursday evening, as the planned overhaul to school bathrooms had a December 1st deadline.

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Fairfax County Parents Demand School Board Resign After ‘Doubling Down’ On ‘Porn in Schools’

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Parents gathered outside the Fairfax County School Board meeting on Thursday, voicing their opposition to what they term pedophilia and “porn in schools” after Fairfax County Public Schools reintroduced two books containing depictions of sexual activity.

“They’ve doubled down on porn in the schools. They’ve all got to go,” Stacy Langton, the Fairfax County mother who confronted the school board with images from the books in September, told Fox News. “Who’s in favor of porn in the schools?”

Parents protested outside of Luther Jackson Middle School, holding signs reading, “No porn in our schools,” wearing t-shirts reading, “Mama Grizzly” and “Papa Grizzly,” and holding signs featuring the photos of school board members with the text, “Resign FairfaXXX.”

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Hungarian Parliament Approves Child Protection Referendum

The Hungarian Parliament approved on Tuesday with a two-thirds majority the four questions of a child protection referendum designed to reinforce the government’s stance in European debates about the matter.

Ever since the Hungarian parliament passed the so-called child protection law on June 15 this year, Hungary has been under attack from the European liberal mainstream for allegedly being homophobic and discriminating against LGBT persons. The European Parliament even raised the prospect of penalizing the country by withdrawing EU funding in the 2021-2027 budgetary cycle.

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Claim Judge ‘Lunged’ At One of Them, Ask for a Mistrial

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett’s attorneys asked for a mistrial Thursday after the judge called their evidence irrelevant in front of the jury and “physically lunged” at one of the actor’s lawyers.

The odd fracas came in the midst of the defense’s cross-examination of Olabinjo Osundairo, who claims he was paid to help Smollett stage the hate crime, as attorney Tamara Walker grilled him about his alleged homophobia and past derogatory remarks toward suspected gay men.

Osundairo, 30, had just acknowledged he used the word “fruity ass” to refer to a man he suspected was gay and Walker asked if Smollett, who is openly gay, knew he’d said such things in the past.

Judge James Linn called the line of questioning “collateral” in front of the jury, indicating it didn’t have any relevance to the crime Smollett’s on trial for because it was from a past event, prompting Walker to ask for a sidebar.

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Massachusetts Teacher Fired Over TikTok School Board Campaign Video on CRT Files Federal Lawsuit

A Massachusetts teacher who was fired over her TikTok posts defying critical race theory and transgenderism is now suing the school principal and district superintendent.

Kari MacRae was terminated from her teaching position at Hanover High School on Sept. 29 following an internal investigation into six memes and two TikTok videos, at least one of which she posted as part of her campaign while running as a candidate for the Bourne School Committee.

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New Twitter Rules Boost Mainstream Media’s Gatekeeping Power

On Tuesday, Twitter shockingly announced new rules concerning the company’s private information policy that are being expanded to include media.

The changes immediately prompted observers to warn that they could allow mainstream and traditional media, that already play the role of gatekeepers, to dictate what can be shared.

Twitter said that the expanded rules come in an effort to provide tools focused on privacy and security, and that the existing private information policy will now include private media.

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UPenn Trans Swimmer, 22, Sparks Outrage by Smashing Women’s Competition Records After Competing as a Man for Three Seasons

Lia Thomas, 22, formerly named Will, recently ‘blasted’ UPenn records in the 200m and 500m freestyle — posting times that beat almost every other female swimmer across America.

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12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/2/2021

  1. With regard to the Ursula van der leydon – we all know that [epithet] has Nazi roots. Her father’s father Carl Eduard Albrecht served in the Wehrmacht – if even that position is to be believed.

    Of course that position is pure nonsense. He was German Aristocracy -so he no doubt served in the SS at a high level or in intelligence.

    The files on the fraud indicate he was wounded on the Eastern Front – translation, he stubbed his toe on the way out the window when caught in the act with someone else’s wife.

    You can see the pure NAZI background in Ursula’s face.

    Again, a face that you would never get tired of kicking.

    That [epithet] needs some treatment at one of the inns operated by her grandparents during the war.

      • G, correct! I hope that isn’t 5G!

        Pardon my mistake!

        Her family are out of Hanover – and considered to be elite.

        Who would marry the son of a Nazi?

        Her father was part of the original EEC. The war history on the father and his brother is loose to say the least.

        The reason for my comment was to draw attention to the obvious globalist and Nazi connection.

      • You may enjoy this G:

        Her own home in the tiny Hanover suburb of Ilten was represented by regional CDU chairperson Jürgen Gansäuer, so she decided to try her political hand in her hometown of Burgdorf, even though that seat had been held for almost 15 years by a CDU politician named Lutz von der Heide. The first primary, which she won by a single vote, was thrown out on a technicality. Her father jumped into action, and with Wilfried Hasselmann, then the honorary chair of the CDU in Hanover, he went on a charm offensive. Meanwhile, the regional edition of the powerful tabloid Bild started a smear campaign against von der Heide. Though von der Heide had held the seat for more than a decade and was, by all accounts, a skilled politician, she won with two-thirds of the votes.

        This combination of high political connections and low-brow slander is typical of the family’s political style.

        from: https://www.opinionglobal.cl/the-aristocratic-ineptitude-of-ursula-von-der-leyen/

        • Ursala is what we call wannabe aristocracy, those that matter look upon her with utter distain. She has no seat at any table of the aristocracy that matter. Ever wonder why she is never invited nor attends events that the aristocracy hold including weddings?

          As for Germans/Austrians who joined or were forced to join the naxi party, including my Grand Father(mothers side, Hapsburg), political expediency was called for in the day. He was also Skorzeny’s rabbi and planner and was responsible for dressing up in American uniforms and getting him out of Germany and into Spain after the war. Amongst others things during and after the war.

          What is happening with this new world so called order is marxist insanity, the naxi’s as a group and idea are long dead and gone. Little Ursala does what she is told by the powers that be, that is it.

    • please note that most of german aristocrats were opposed to Hitler- who put the bomb in his bunker?
      That proletarian nobody was not a bird of their feather.
      And they were anti- left, thus close to many here on GoV.
      Aristocrats in the SS? Never heard of. Stop watching stupid Hollywood flicks where every colonel has a ” von”.

      • Reminds me of the scene in “Cabaret” outside the cafe, where the beautiful blond Nazi youth has sung “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”, and (almost) everyone has joined in, and the Brit, Brian, says to the German aristocrat Max, “Do you still think you can control them?”

      • There were a lot of aristocrats in the Waffen SS who fought with distinction and won quite a few Knights Crosses including my own Grand Father, A Austrian of the Hapsburgs. He also helped keep thousands of Austrians from the bloody Soviet gulags before and after the war.

  2. Qanon Shaman “etched his mark in history by roaming through the halls of the U.S. Senate chamber bare-chested and cloaked in a coyote-skin headdress with his face painted red, white and blue” – maybe he expected to meet Mr Obama in the evening dress code of his father.

  3. The scandal involving judges of the CJEU and representatives of the European Commission and EPP. !!
    The French daily Libération writes about the financial scandal in the institutions of the European Union with the participation of politicians from the European People’s Party. Last week, the newspaper accused the president of the European Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehn, of embezzling public funds. In today’s edition, the French newspaper writes about the scandal involving judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission. !!
    The Libération daily accused of a conflict of interest and trafficking in the influence of judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union – including its president, Judge Koen Lenaerts]and important EU officials associated with the European People’s Party.

    In 2010–2018, they were to participate in meetings illegally paid from public funds. They were to be their organizers Karel Pinxten – former auditor at the European Court of Auditors, recently convicted of financial fraud, and Brussels lobbyists.

    According to journalists, the meetings were attended by, inter alia, former head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, former vice-president Jyrki Katainen and Johannes Hahn, current budget commissioner and a close associate of the commission chairman Ursula Von der Leyen.

    Libération also revealed that The European Commission and the authorities of several countries pressed the European Anti-Fraud Office not to investigate the matter. Activists associated with the EPP have recently taken up important positions in this office, noted the left-wing daily.
    The editor-in-chief of Libération called the matter “very serious” and said that the European People’s Party had built a “state within a state” in the European Union. According to the journal the government in Paris is “embarrassed” by the scandalwhich may adversely affect the French presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in a month’s time.

  4. The good citizens of the USA have once again been screwed by 80 of their so called Republican congress persons.

    esterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill called H.R. 550 that would facilitate the creation of a federal vaccination database. The purpose would be to track the vaccination status of all U.S. citizens.

    Use your imagination to figure out all the ways they can use this information against the pure bloods.

    Funny how the great horde of unwashed illegal alien vermin that is invading our Country never has to worry about any of this stuff. They are free to come and go as they please, infecting everyone with all sorts of disease including some we thought were eradicated hundreds of years ago.

    To call this bill a danger to the personal freedoms of every citizen is an understatement.

    “The bill states that $400 million of taxpayer money will be used to “direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take actions to improve data sharing and other aspects of immunization information systems. These are confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record of vaccine administrations.””

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/12/big_brother_house_passes_federal_vaccine_database_bill_80_republicans_betray_their_voters__again.html

  5. Gentlemen, can you give me a little informational help?
    I am looking for dirt on the Catholic organization Caritas and its role in population replacement.
    The fact is that one so-called “human rights activist” who was assigned to supervise Russia by the emissaries of the migrant invasion processes, receives grants from this organization.

    I don’t speak English enough to find this myself.

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