Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/28/2021

A man named Lyndon James McLeod went on a shooting spree in Colorado, killing five people and wounding several others in Denver and the suburb of Lakewood before being shot dead in a firefight with police. Mr. McLeod was a tattoo artist, and allegedly knew his victims, several of whom were also in the tattooing business. Mr. McLeod is said to have been an extremist and a white supremacist with a history of mental problems.

In other news, 558 illegal migrants ferried by NGO migrant-rescue vessels were granted a safe port in Sicily.

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Financial Crisis
» Florida Job Growth Expected to Outpace Nation in 2022
 
USA
» Apple Bans in-Person Shoppers From New York City Stores Amid Spike in COVID Cases
» Biden Reverses Course, Declares COVID Must be Solved by States and Not Feds
» Breaking: Jake Tapper Producer in Pedo Scandal Appears in Virginia Court, Refuses to Say Whether He’s Still With CNN
» CBS Censors Reporter’s Rant on How COVID Lockdowns Mentally Damage Children
» Chicago Teachers Union Asks Members Whether They Support ‘District-Wide Pause’ Amid Omicron Surge
» Chicago Cardinal Cracks Down on Traditional Latin Mass
» CNN, MSNBC Ratings Plummet as Americans Turn Their Backs on Woke, Liberal Media
» Denver Lakewood Shooting Spree: What Do We Know About the Gunman’s Victims?
» Denver, Lakewood Police Give Update on Fatal Shooting Spree; Suspect Was on Police’s Radar
» FBI ‘Entrapped’ Alleged Whitmer Kidnapping Plotters: Defense
» Instagram and Facebook Block Quote From Thomas Paine for “False Information”
» ‘It’s Not Curbing the Spike Down in New York’: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Rejects Mask Mandates
» James Lindsay Slams Critical Race Theory, The Great Reset in Interview With Jack Posobiec
» John Roberts Most Popular DC Figure as Biden, Pelosi and McConnell Anchor Bottom of Gallup List
» Lyndon McLeod a.k.a. Roman McClay: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
» More Than Half of the Rioters Arrested in Buffalo During George Floyd Riots Had Their Cases Dismissed
» On Biden’s Watch, U.S. Smashes Single Day Record for New COVID-19 Cases
» Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoes GOP Bill Requiring School Course Materials to be Posted Online
» Prosecutors Have Charged 60-Plus People in Kenosha Protests
» Rioter in Downtown Lafayette Protests Sentenced to Prison, Probation
» SD Gov Calls for Biden to End Vaccine Mandates After He Claimed ‘There’s No Federal Solution’ To COVID
» Shock Video: NYPD Vax Passport Enforcers Break Up Child’s Birthday Party After Demanding Vaccine Papers
» Twitter Suspends Just the News Founder for Report on Legal Distinctions Between COVID Vaccines
» University of Michigan Professor Receives ‘Anti-Racism’ Grant to Study ‘Algorithmic Reparations’
» Unvaccinated Activists Arrested During Staged Burger King Sit-in Protest
» Update: Mask Karen Who Assaulted 80 Year Old Man Compared Herself to Rosa Parks
» WA State Targets Beloved Restaurant, Revokes Liquor License and Seizes Alcohol for Not Complying With Mandates
» Woman Claims Capitol Police Beat Her on Video at Jan. 6 Protest
 
Canada
» World’s Largest ‘No Vax-Pass’ Christmas Party at Calgary City Hall
 
Europe and the EU
» A Law to Protect ‘Mental Privacy’?
» After Protests, Belgium Suspends COVID Closure of Cultural Venues
» Belgium: Brussels Police Issue New Warrants for People Involved in Protests Against COVID Safe Ticket
» ‘Christianity Gave Europe a Vision’ — Hungarian MEP Laszlo Trocsayi Warns Europe Wil Lose Its Way Without Christian Faith
» Could UNESCO Defend the Traditional Latin Mass Better Than the Vatican?
» Crackdown: France Bringing Back Compulsory Outdoor Masks
» EU Drafting Law Allowing Seizure of Private Property During Pandemic Emergencies: Report
» EU: Number of Infections and COVID Deaths Hugely Manipulated
» Europe Locking Down Again Amid ‘COVID Surge’
» ‘Humiliating’: 2004 Guardian Report Peddling Climate Doom by 2020 Frozen Out
» Insulate Britain Protests Cost Police £4.3 Million
» Muslim Groups to Sign French Islam Values Charter After Months of Resistance
» Petition: Say NO to Vaccine Passports in the United Kingdom
» UK Cardinal Urges No More Church Closings Over Coronavirus
» UK: Boxing Day Hunt Brawl After Protestors Attempt to Picket the Annual Tradition
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Teen Faces Two Years in Prison, Charged With Partying While COVID Positive
» Paralyzed Man With Brain Chip Posts ‘First Direct-Thought’ Tweet
» Victoria Government Lied About Who Had Access to COVID Contact Tracing Data
 
Latin America
» Just Before Christmas, Cuban Authorities Handed Decades-Long Sentences to July 11 Protesters
 
Immigration
» Feds Reportedly Charter ‘Ghost Flights’ To Pennsylvania for Illegal Immigrants
» Germany: Afghans Cut Sister’s Throat and Buried Body in Suitcase Over Western Lifestyle, Prosecutors Say
» Italy Gives Safe Port to 558 Migrants Rescued at Sea
» N. Macedonia: Police Find 53 Migrants Hidden in a Truck
» Republicans Move to Ban Federal Funds to States, Cities That Allow Non-Citizens to Vote
 
Culture Wars
» Swiss to Allow Simple Legal Gender Transition From Jan. 1
 

Florida Job Growth Expected to Outpace Nation in 2022

Unemployment should continue to fall, housing market continue to rise.

Job growth in Florida will outpace the national economy, and unemployment will continue to decline in 2022, according to a new economic forecast for the Sunshine State.

Florida’s unemployment rate, which stood at 4.5% in November, is expected to continue falling in 2022, and housing starts will pickup, but not quickly enough to satisfy robust demand in the short run, according to the forecast released earlier this month by the Institute for Economic Forecasting at the University of Central Florida.

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Apple Bans in-Person Shoppers From New York City Stores Amid Spike in COVID Cases

Apple is banning in-person shoppers from its New York City locations as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in the area.

The tech giant is only allowing customers to pick up online orders from its New York City stores, including its Fifth Avenue, SoHo, Grand Central and World Trade Center locations, Bloomberg first reported. According to each store’s website, Apple will not provide its usual services including Genius Bar appointments, drop-in shopping, and the setting up of Apple devices.

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Biden Reverses Course, Declares COVID Must be Solved by States and Not Feds

President Joe Biden campaigned for months that a robust federal response could vanquish the COVID-19 pandemic, but he reversed course Monday by telling the nation’s governors that states are likely to be more successfully tailoring solutions for their citizens.

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Breaking: Jake Tapper Producer in Pedo Scandal Appears in Virginia Court, Refuses to Say Whether He’s Still With CNN

Jake Tapper’s disgraced producer Rick Saleeby, who was outed by Project Veritas for a series of “creepy” voice messages, allegedly made by him about a woman’s underaged daughter, appeared in Fairfax County, Virginia court today.

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CBS Censors Reporter’s Rant on How COVID Lockdowns Mentally Damage Children

CBS censored remarks by one of its own reporters over the weekend who highlighted how Covid lockdowns and school closures negatively impacted children’s mental health.

Chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford’s damning remarks were promoted by “Face the Nation” on Facebook and Twitter, but they were curiously omitted from the CBS morning show’s television broadcast.

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Chicago Teachers Union Asks Members Whether They Support ‘District-Wide Pause’ Amid Omicron Surge

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) polled its members asking whether they would “support a district-wide pause and temporary shift to remote learning” amid a spike in COVID-19 Omicron cases, according to a survey distributed by the union.

The survey is titled “Possible Actions for Safety January 2022” and must be completed by union members by Dec. 27 in the lead-up to a Dec. 28 all-member Zoom meeting. Members will discuss how they can contribute to the “escalation” of the union’s “safety campaign,” according to the union’s site.

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Chicago Cardinal Cracks Down on Traditional Latin Mass

ROME — Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has prohibited the celebration of Traditional Latin Masses on the first Sunday of every month, Christmas, the Holy Triduum, Easter Sunday, and Pentecost Sunday.

In a new policy for the Archdiocese of Chicago signed on Christmas day, Cardinal Cupich applies norms issued by Pope Francis in his July 16, 2021 letter Traditionis custodes (Guardians of Tradition), which called for sweeping restrictions on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.

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CNN, MSNBC Ratings Plummet as Americans Turn Their Backs on Woke, Liberal Media

News networks have experienced a drastic dip in viewership in 2021, with left-leaning outlets faring the worst.

According to Nielsen data, CNN saw a 38 percent drop in weekday prime-time viewership, while MSNBC saw a 25 percent drop in viewership for the same time slots.

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Denver Lakewood Shooting Spree: What Do We Know About the Gunman’s Victims?

At least five people were killed and three injured Monday in multiple shootings across Denver and Lakewood, Colorado. The attacker is among those killed, authorities said. Among the injured is a Lakewood police officer. His health status and the identity of the other victims are unknown. At the time of this publication, the name of one of the victims has been identified.

“We have every reason to believe that several incidents in Denver were related, which occurred prior to our Lakewood incidents,” Lakewood Police spokesman John Romero tweeted Monday night.

Authorities believe the suspect was responsible for four shootings in the city of Denver and then fled to Lakewood, where he was killed in a confrontation with police near a Hyatt hotel.

Two people were killed and one more was shot and wounded after the suspect shot them at a Denver intersection. Then there were two other shootings in the city in which a third person was killed. When police intercepted the man, a fourth shooting broke out in Denver in which the suspect managed to flee to Lakewood without causing more injuries or deaths.

There, another shooting occurred at 1500 Kipling Avenue, where another person died around 6:00 pm. Lakewood agents found the suspect’s vehicle near the Belmar Mall and tried to stop him. Then another shootout broke out. The suspect managed to flee again, but this time he was on foot and went to various establishments in the area, where he threatened people with a gun…

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Denver, Lakewood Police Give Update on Fatal Shooting Spree; Suspect Was on Police’s Radar

DENVER (KRDO) — Following a violent shooting spree that started in the Denver area Monday evening, police are giving an update on the case Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the suspect was identified as 47-year-old Lyndon James McLeod. Police said McLeod knew some of the victims and also had a previous issue at the hotel where he shot a clerk.

The shooting spree started around 5 p.m. with the suspect shooting three people near E. 1st Avenue and N. Broadway in Denver — two women were killed, and a man was shot, according to police.

Later, police say the suspect shot and killed a man at E. 12th Street near N. Williams.

Following a third shooting at West 6th Avenue and Cherokee Street where no one was injured, officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect at West 8th Avenue and Zuni Street at the end of a pursuit, but he was able to escape. Police say the suspect drove to Lakewood after that and fatally shot the fourth victim at a business on Kipling Street.

Officers followed the suspect to a hotel, where he allegedly shot a clerk. A shootout happened, and the suspect died at the scene. One Lakewood Police officer was injured but is expected to survive.

A total of five people were killed by McLeod before he died, according to police. The fifth victim died on Tuesday.

Police said that two investigations had been conducted into McLeod’s actions before the shooting, but no charges were ever filed from those investigations..

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FBI ‘Entrapped’ Alleged Whitmer Kidnapping Plotters: Defense

The five men accused of planning to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Wednesday that the charges should be dropped, on account of the plot being driven by FBI informants.

The men said that the charges stem from government misconduct, and that it the informants who entrapped the men. They say that the informants used their anger of Whitmer as a tool, and that there was never any actual plan to kidnap the governor.

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Instagram and Facebook Block Quote From Thomas Paine for “False Information”

What if social media existed in the Dark Ages? Users posting a quote by an Enlightenment era figure, and getting censored for it, might have just gotten some idea of what that would be like.

Facebook’s “dumb algorithms” are most likely (or at least, hopefully) behind the decision to “fact check” and censor none other than a quote by Thomas Paine, an 18th century Anglo-American figure whose work was instrumental in inspiring the declaration of independence of the United States.

Even in the current climate of out of control online censorship, it would be a bitter pill to swallow if it turned out there was a human behind this particular decision.

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‘It’s Not Curbing the Spike Down in New York’: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Rejects Mask Mandates

Another Democratic governor is changing his stance on mask mandates as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeps across the country.

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that he would not be reimposing a statewide mask mandate, citing the rapid spread of COVID-19 in New York City, which does have a mandate. Instead, Lamont emphasized the importance of getting booster vaccine shots and protecting the most vulnerable populations from the virus.

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James Lindsay Slams Critical Race Theory, The Great Reset in Interview With Jack Posobiec

On the latest episode of the Human Events Daily podcast, Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec interviewed mathematician-turned-cultural critic Dr. James Lindsay on The Great Reset and critical race theory in K-12 schools.

During the one-on-one interview that aired Tuesday, the two discussed Lindsay’s book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity — and Why This Harms Everybody, which documents the evolution of leftist dogma that has found its home within activist academic fields.

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John Roberts Most Popular DC Figure as Biden, Pelosi and McConnell Anchor Bottom of Gallup List

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts enjoys a 60 percent approval rating, topping a Gallup list of most popular Washington figures that found President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell anchoring the bottom.

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Lyndon McLeod a.k.a. Roman McClay: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Lyndon James McLeod was named by police as the active shooter who went on a rampage throughout Denver and Lakewood, Colorado, leaving a trail of five deceased victims and a wounded police officer.

McLeod, 47, also died in the killing spree, during which he targeted people at two tattoo parlors, a personal residence, and a hotel across two communities. McLeod also went by the pen name Roman McClay, publishing a series of books called “Sanction” that involved a billionaire rewriting the DNA of violent people, including serial killers.

“It does appear that the offender was targeting specific people in this case,” Denver Police commander Matt Clark said in a news conference. “The victims were known to the offender.”

ABC reported, through sources, that McLeod, who once owned a Denver tattoo parlor himself, “harbored extremist views and had a history of psychiatric episodes.”

Journalist Kyle Clark wrote on Twitter, “The shooting spree suspect’s business, Flat Black Ink Corp, published a novel in which a man, also named Lyndon, shoots and kills people at a tattoo shop on 6th Avenue.” The business was delinquent.

He appeared obsessed with genetics on social media as well, writing, “Moar journalism: Americans don’t understand their own history. Northern yankee fux are genetically different from southern rednecks. We are nothing alike.” He engaged in threats against another author that landed him a visit from the FBI.

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More Than Half of the Rioters Arrested in Buffalo During George Floyd Riots Had Their Cases Dismissed

When it comes to how the city of Buffalo has handled arresting and charging rioters, it turns out very few made their full way to trial.

Cases like a woman running over police officers with her SUV are prioritized in their importance for legal accountability. Moments like that caught viral attention on social media as the world watched widespread unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.

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On Biden’s Watch, U.S. Smashes Single Day Record for New COVID-19 Cases

President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise he could defeat COVID-19 and prematurely declared victory over the pandemic this summer. But on Tuesday, he presided over the single largest influx of COVID cases in American history.

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

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Vetoes GOP Bill Requiring School Course Materials to be Posted Online

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would allow parents to see what their kids are being taught in school.

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

Prosecutors Have Charged 60-Plus People in Kenosha Protests

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have now charged more than 60 people in connection with offenses committed during protests against police brutality and racism in Kenosha last year.

Lee Newspapers reported Tuesday that Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley’s office has filed more than 90 separate charges, including 70 felonies and 18 misdemeanors.

Six cases involved juveniles. The felony counts ranged from burglary to making threats against police or National Guard troops.

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Rioter in Downtown Lafayette Protests Sentenced to Prison, Probation

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As protesters gathered in downtown Lafayette in May 2020, reacting to the police killing of unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Robert Lee Perkins reportedly lit the fuse on a red cylinder and threw the object at the southside entrance to the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.

Perkins, who pleaded guilty in October to rioting and intimidation, was sentenced Tuesday in Tippecanoe County Superior Court 2 to a four-year sentence, with 18 months in prison followed by 30 months on probation.

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SD Gov Calls for Biden to End Vaccine Mandates After He Claimed ‘There’s No Federal Solution’ To COVID

Following a statement from President Joe Biden on Monday that there’s “no federal solution” to COVID-19, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem called for the cancellation of Biden’s federal vaccine mandates.

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Shock Video: NYPD Vax Passport Enforcers Break Up Child’s Birthday Party After Demanding Vaccine Papers

Shocking footage out of New York City shows a squad of NYPD officers breaking up a child’s birthday party over their lack of vaccine passports.

The video captured Monday shows a group of at least a dozen NYPD vaccine enforcers surround a child and his friends at a restaurant, demanding to see their vaccine passports.

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

Twitter Suspends Just the News Founder for Report on Legal Distinctions Between COVID Vaccines

Twitter suspended the account of Just the News founder John Solomon for sharing an article about the legal distinctions between Pfizer’s fully approved and emergency use authorization (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines, which could affect the legality of vaccine mandates.

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

University of Michigan Professor Receives ‘Anti-Racism’ Grant to Study ‘Algorithmic Reparations’

The University of Michigan’s Anti-Racism Collaborative at its National Center for Institutional Diversity announced $110,000 in grants for research projects.

The grant money will support projects that “aim to inform anti-racist action.”

Six different projects received funding, including one on “Algorithmic Reparation” and another on the “anti-Black racism that permeates Latinx communities.”

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Unvaccinated Activists Arrested During Staged Burger King Sit-in Protest

A group of unvaccinated New Yorkers protesting vaccine passports at a Burger King were arrested en masse by the NYPD.

Video shows the moment a cadre of masked police officers began arresting the protesters, who were staging a sit-in at a Burger King in Brooklyn that was requiring COVID vaccine passports.

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

Update: Mask Karen Who Assaulted 80 Year Old Man Compared Herself to Rosa Parks

As highlighted yesterday, a video has gone viral of a woman on a Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta on December 23 who was arrested after assaulting an elderly man, screaming at him to put on a mask while he was eating. Now it turns out the guy called her out because she compared herself to Rosa Parks after being asked to move seats by attendants.

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

WA State Targets Beloved Restaurant, Revokes Liquor License and Seizes Alcohol for Not Complying With Mandates

Washington state revoked the liquor license of a notable fine dining restaurant in Chehalis, WA in mid-December after the owner voiced opposition to COVID-19 mandates and refused to shutter her business during lockdowns.

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

Woman Claims Capitol Police Beat Her on Video at Jan. 6 Protest

Newly released surveillance footage may corroborate a Minnesota woman’s claims that she was trapped and beaten by police during the Jan. 6 Capitol protest, her attorney argued Tuesday.

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World’s Largest ‘No Vax-Pass’ Christmas Party at Calgary City Hall

The vast majority of restaurants in Calgary bent the knee when it comes to vaccine passports, which has left many excluded from sitting down for a coffee or a nice meal in an establishment for months on end. While not being able to attend a favourite food spot or café may not in itself seem like the end of the world, it is just one example of an ever-growing list of ways that people are being excluded and segregated from participating in society.

Exclusion and isolation should not be sentiments we associate with Christmas, this should be a time of love and togetherness. Even if the inn is full, business owners should be able to find a spot in the manger for wary visitors. Everyone should feel welcome.

On Boxing Day, in reply to the Scrooge-like exclusion of those unwilling to participate in the discriminatory vaccine passport system, Pastor Artur invited folks to head down to Calgary City Hall where he would be serving AAA steaks for free to all. There would also be carolling, presents and good company with no segregation or exclusion.

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A Law to Protect ‘Mental Privacy’?

Spain will follow the path of Chile and will regulate by law neurotechnologies that seek to cognitively extend the human being, such as those proposed by Elon Musk.

Chile is already finalizing the legislation that will regulate neurotechnologies, stating that to acquire these devices, in many cases, a prescription will be required. Spain will follow in its footsteps with a Charter of Digital Rights that regulates devices not intended to heal brain diseases, but to expand human cognition.

Business Insider reported on the BRAIN Initiative, a project that the Obama Administration launched in 2013 with the ambition of mapping the entire brain with funding amounting to $4.5 billion over 15 years. Its purpose is similar to the Human Genome Project that culminated in 2003.

The private sector has been betting on neurotechnology, especially with Neuralink, Elon Musk’s company, which plans to implant chips in human brains from 2022.

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

After Protests, Belgium Suspends COVID Closure of Cultural Venues

A court in Belgium suspended closure of cultural venues on Tuesday. These also include theatres. A measure for closure of cultural places was announced last week. The move was aimed towards stemming spread of Omicron Covid variant.

A protest was held in cultural district in Brussels against closure of cultural spaces.

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

Belgium: Brussels Police Issue New Warrants for People Involved in Protests Against COVID Safe Ticket

The Brussels police have issued new search warrants for a number of people allegedly involved in the riots following the 21 November’s march against the rollout of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST).

At the end of November, the first warrants had already been issued in the search for 19 rioters, of whom at least 17 had already been identified, Bruzz reports.

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

‘Christianity Gave Europe a Vision’ — Hungarian MEP Laszlo Trocsayi Warns Europe Wil Lose Its Way Without Christian Faith

The Christmas season not only reinforces just how important Christianity is to Europeans as individuals, but on a broader level, it also highlights that the entire civilizational foundation of the continent is based on the Christian faith, writes Hungarian MEP Laszló Trócsanyi. In explaining the vital role Christianity has played in the development of European history and its values, he warns that if Europe gives upon the religion of its forefathers, the entire continent’s civilization could be erased.

“If Europe turns her back on her Christian heritage, the continent may survive in a geographical sense, but the civilization that has preserved and elevated us for millennia will be lost forever,” he wrote.

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Could UNESCO Defend the Traditional Latin Mass Better Than the Vatican?

Renowned American theologist Peter Kwasniewski appealed with UNESCO to declare the Traditional Latin Mass (also called the Tridentine Mass) to be a world and intangible human cultural heritage. Through this effort, he believes that the rare form of Mass would have a legally and globally recognized status, which could help save it from extinction.

According to the 2003 UNESCO Convention, intangible cultural heritage concerns “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills — as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated therewith — that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals, recognize as part of their cultural heritage.”

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Crackdown: France Bringing Back Compulsory Outdoor Masks

The French government has announced the new coronavirus regulations for the coming weeks including New Year’s Eve, with work from home orders, restrictions on eating in public, and, most remarkably, compulsory mask-wearing on city streets.

Speaking to the nation after a meeting of the government’s Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Jean Castex, of President Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! (LREM) party, announced that masks will be enforced outdoors.

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EU Drafting Law Allowing Seizure of Private Property During Pandemic Emergencies: Report

The European Union is reportedly drafting a law that will allow Brussels to seize private property during a pandemic emergency.

In a leaked New Year message to his staff, the EU’s Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has outlined plans for a “Single Market Emergency Instrument” that will have a “toolbox of measures” in order to ensure the “security of supply during a crisis”.

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EU: Number of Infections and COVID Deaths Hugely Manipulated

Mathematician and statistician Pavlos Kolias of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece has checked EU data on Corona for anomalies. He did so on the basis of Benford’s laws, which expose anomalies in the distribution of the figures.

Kolias noted that the number of “infections” and deaths has been largely misrepresented throughout the EU.

Deviations from Benford’s distribution are a preliminary step for obtaining evidence for data manipulation. Interestingly, Kolias’ study did not receive any funding.

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

Europe Locking Down Again Amid ‘COVID Surge’

Countries across Europe are imposing restrictions on social life during the holiday season in response to a growing number of Covid-19 cases.

The authorities fear hospitals could be overwhelmed by Omicron-variant patients.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Monday a series of new measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. These will come into force on January 3 and remain in place for at least three weeks.

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

‘Humiliating’: 2004 Guardian Report Peddling Climate Doom by 2020 Frozen Out

The eco-extremists at the liberal Guardian should realize by now that the internet is forever. The outlet freaked out over 17 years ago about a frosty future thanks to a ridiculously inaccurate Pentagon prediction.

The Guardian published a report in 2004 sounding the alarm bells over a “secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs” and obtained by sister newspaper The Observer. Here was the harrowing message, according to The Guardian: “[M]ajor European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020.”

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Insulate Britain Protests Cost Police £4.3 Million

Policing Insulate Britain’s road-blocking protests cost taxpayers at least £4.3 million, an investigation has found.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was “appalled” by the bill, which was disclosed by police forces in response to Freedom of Information requests by the PA news agency.

The Metropolitan Police said it spent £4 million dealing with the climate group’s stunts between September 13 and November 20.

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Muslim Groups to Sign French Islam Values Charter After Months of Resistance

Three Islamic federations have agreed to sign the French government’s proposed “Charter of Principles of Islam of France” after resisting signing the document for at least a year.

The Turkish federations of the Coordination Committee of Turkish Muslims of France (CCMTF), Millî Görüs, and the Faith and Practice movement released a joint statement this week saying they would sign the document, which aims to get the groups to renounce political Islam and end foreign interference in French Muslim life.

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Petition: Say NO to Vaccine Passports in the United Kingdom

On 14 December 2021, Westminster politicians voted through one of the most discriminatory pieces of mandatory legislation to date: vaccine passports.

I’ve been covering the anti-lockdown protests and gatherings for several months now, and the message has never been more clear: the government’s reaction to COVID-19 has devastated countless people and businesses.

And now, discriminatory measures have been put in place to ban certain people from being included in social activities despite the government having no scientific data to back this decision up.

We can’t take this lying down. We must fight back.

If you agree that vaccine passports are discriminatory and not at all rooted in science, please sign our petition.

If we meet our signature goal, I will personally deliver this petition to Parliament.

Let’s end vaccine passports in the United Kingdom.

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UK Cardinal Urges No More Church Closings Over Coronavirus

ROME — The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged the UK government to respect Church autonomy in the fight against the coronavirus.

Cardinal Nichols told the BBC that people can “make good judgments themselves” and should not be subject to further restrictions.

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UK: Boxing Day Hunt Brawl After Protestors Attempt to Picket the Annual Tradition

Anti-hunting protestors have clashed with hunt supporters at a Boxing Day Hunt in the village of Lacock in Wiltshire.

The annual Avon Vale Boxing Day Hunt, which was postponed to Monday the 27th of December due to the 26th falling on a Sunday, saw scuffles between anti-hunt protestors and supporters, with two people said to be injured at the scene.

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Australian Teen Faces Two Years in Prison, Charged With Partying While COVID Positive

A teenager in South Australia is reportedly facing two years in prison after allegedly partying while COVID-positive.

The South Australia police said in a statement that Ralph MacIntosh, 19, was arrested after he continued to party at a night club after finding out he was COVID positive.

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Paralyzed Man With Brain Chip Posts ‘First Direct-Thought’ Tweet

A 62-year-old man in Australia diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — a disease that causes paralysis — is now able to communicate thoughts with others with no muscle activity involved. On Thursday, he published a post on social media “using only direct thought,” the company that enabled him to do so, Synchron, announced.

I created this tweet just by thinking it“ — the tweet read, said to be posted by Philip O’Keefe to the account of Synchron CEO Thomas Oxley.

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Victoria Government Lied About Who Had Access to COVID Contact Tracing Data

The government of the Australian state of Victoria not only decided to deliberately keep citizens in the dark about court rulings exposing the fact the privacy of their data collected by contact tracing apps can be compromised — but is now doubling down.

And the way the state’s Acting Premier Jacinta Allan, who has currently taken over while Premier Dan Andrews is being investigated for “concealing treason and fraud,” chose to defend the failure to inform people about matters pertaining to sensitive private information about them was to say the government was — shielding them from misinformation.

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Just Before Christmas, Cuban Authorities Handed Decades-Long Sentences to July 11 Protesters

In the middle of holiday festivities last week, the families of some Cubans who took to the streets to protest against the island’s communist government in July received dreadful news: Their loved ones would spend decades in jail.

In a crackdown that resembles the so-called Primavera Negra, Black Spring, when on Fidel Castro’s order 75 dissidents received lengthy sentences in 2003, several demonstrators were convicted on charges of sedition and sentenced to between 15 and 30 years, according to the activist group Justicia 11J.

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Feds Reportedly Charter ‘Ghost Flights’ To Pennsylvania for Illegal Immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has chartered dozens of flights with illegal immigrants into Scranton, Penn., during the month of December, according to state lawmakers raising the alarm.

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Germany: Afghans Cut Sister’s Throat and Buried Body in Suitcase Over Western Lifestyle, Prosecutors Say

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two Afghan brothers with murder over the July killing of their sister, whom they allegedly wanted to punish for her Western way of life.

The men, aged 26 and 22 and identified only as Sayed H. and Seyed H. in line with German privacy rules, are accused of luring their 34-year-old sister to a meeting in Berlin on July 13, then choking and strangling her and cutting her throat.

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Italy Gives Safe Port to 558 Migrants Rescued at Sea

CATANIA, Italy, Dec 28 (Reuters) — Italy on Tuesday allowed a charity boat carrying hundreds of migrants rescued at sea to dock in the Sicilian port of Augusta, with another vessel waiting offshore for permission to bring 440 more to land.

The Geo Barents ship, run by charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), took onboard 558 people, mainly Africans, in eight separate operations off the coast of Libya in the last 11 days, the charity said.

They include 174 minors and a woman who is eight months pregnant.

The German charity boat Sea Watch 3 is also seeking a port to disembark 440 migrants it rescued in recent days in the Mediterranean, including women and young children.

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N. Macedonia: Police Find 53 Migrants Hidden in a Truck

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have found 53 people crammed into a truck, and have arrested the vehicle’s driver. Police said in a statement that the migrants — 34 from India and 19 from Cuba — were discovered during a routine control at a highway toll station near the northern town of Kumanovo Monday night. The 39-year old truck driver, a Macedonian national, was arrested. The 53 people, who are believed to have entered North Macedonia illegally from neighboring Serbia, were transferred to a migrant shelter pending deportation back to Serbia. This was the third large group of migrants to have been apprehended over the past three weeks in North Macedonia.

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Republicans Move to Ban Federal Funds to States, Cities That Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is leading a coalition of Republicans in Congress to sponsor legislation that would ban federal funding to states or localities that allow foreigners to vote in U.S. elections.

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Swiss to Allow Simple Legal Gender Transition From Jan. 1

ZURICH, Dec 26 (Reuters) — People in Switzerland will be able to legally change gender by a visit to the civil registry office from Jan. 1, putting the country at the forefront of Europe’s gender self-identification movement.

Switzerland joins Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Norway as one of the few countries on the continent that allow a person to legally change gender without hormone therapy, medical diagnosis or further evaluation or bureaucratic steps.

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18 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/28/2021

  1. “Mr. McLeod is said to have been an extremist and a white supremacist with a history of mental problems.”

    The word construct “is said to have been…” is the MSM’s go-to explanation for anything apparently not worth the time and effort for the media actually to investigate.

    • Those two are frauds.

      I know someone close to Salvini who has been telling me this from before he was elected.

      The cabal have so many puppets dressed for every situation.

      The one thing you can be sure of is that no one gets in to a position to be elected unless they are owned or appointed.

  2. yeah,yeah..
    You show us ” solidarity” in 1981 when you Czechs want to enter and attack Poland and help Soviet to crush Solidarity Movement..
    take a look
    https://youtu.be/RrOpsocj9VM https://youtu.be/TuqCDn_Hxiw

    Zaolzie 1938 ?
    Perhaps you need to be remind how you Czech started
    this sh..t in 1919 :
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish–Czechoslovak_War
    from your own Czech sources
    https://youtu.be/-jb0rXl4NGM

    and to not forget about 1945 Czech attempt to grab our land :
    https://ct24.ceskatelevize.cz/svet/1285374-ceskoslovensko-chtelo-po-valce-obsadit-kus-polska
    You Czechs are piece of something..Lying like Gebels Reich..
    We will never forget Prague Defenstration ( Bohemico) Poland mission in time of Vladislaw II and 1618 what steer 30 Years Religious War in Europe..

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