Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/6/2021

A British MP who said she did not feel safe around maskless people was photographed having fun at a party without a mask, surrounded by maskless people. Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was forced to apologize after she was caught shopping without a mask in Copenhagen.

In other news, Dan Andrews, the premier of the Australian state of Victoria, has imposed mandatory (or persondatory) gender quotas on construction sites.

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Financial Crisis
» Czech Wage Jumps, With Average Prague Salary Surpassing Czk 45,500
» Justinflation: Bank Warns That Canadian Food Costs Will Continue to Rise
» Most Poles Say Gov’t Failed to Handle Inflation
» Poland’s Unemployment Rate Set to Fall in November — Ministry
 
USA
» 40 Percent of Hispanics Offended by Woke ‘Latinx’ Term: Poll
» A New, More Restrictive ‘Critical Race Theory’ Law Now in Effect for Texas Schools
» Alec Baldwin and Wife Hilaria Delete Twitter Accounts Days After ‘Rust’ Interview
» Alec Baldwin Twitter Account Disappears Days After ‘Rust’ Interview
» Breaking: Chris Cuomo Reportedly Planning to Sue CNN for Breach of Contract After Having Been Fired
» Breaking: NYC Mandates COVID Vaccines for Children, Private-Sector Employees
» Breaking: Trump’s New Media Platform and Rumble Have Distribution Deal
» Breaking: Rep. Devin Nunes to Become CEO of Trump’s Media Group
» Ethics Experts Alarmed by 93% Decrease in Clinton Foundation Donations Since $250 Million Peak in 2009
» Exclusive: Loudoun County Was Given $1.3 Million to Buy Books With ‘Diverse Characters and Authorship, ‘ Parents Allege Some Books Resemble ‘Pornography’
» Federal Appeals Court Denies Biden’s Attempt to Move Vaccine Mandate Case to a More Liberal Courtroom
» Former Facebook Employee Alleges Company’s Anti-Conservative Bias With Shocking Statistics
» Gatestone Institute to Announce a $100,000 National Essay Contest This Week
» Ghislaine Maxwell Asked Teen to Recruit Others for Oral Sex: Witness
» House Democrats Won’t Schedule Vote on Bill to Sanction Chinese Slave Labor
» Hundreds Gather at Niagara Square to Protest Erie County Mask Mandate
» Joe Rogan Slams CNN as ‘F***in Propagandists’ After Chris Cuomo’s Firing
» Jussie Smollett Testifies He Used Drugs Alongside, ‘Made Out’ With Bola Osundairo
» Kyle Rittenhouse Says ‘F**k’ Lebron James
» Massachusetts Teacher Sues After Being Fired for Social Media Posts
» Media Tells People How to Not Get Car Jacked Amid Skyrocketing Crime Rates
» More States Exit National School Board Association Amid Bipartisan Pushback to Org Calling Parents Domestic Terrorists
» ‘Never Seen Anything Like it’: LA Residents Rattled as Violent Crime Finally Seeps Into Wealthy Neighborhoods
» Oregon Moves to Make Indoor Mask Mandate Permanent
» Pueblo Police Chief: Thefts Under $2,000 Cannot Result in Jail Time
» Seattle Recall Against Marxist Councilmember Loses Venues for Election Night Party, Campaign Manager Targeted With Death Threats
» Suburban Chicago Parents, Students Protest Cancelations Due to COVID Transmission Rates
» Suspect Wanted for Vandalizing Denver Church With Swastikas, ‘Satan Lives Here’ Graffiti Believed to be in Portland Area
» Thousands of New York City Residents at Risk of Losing Their Job is They Can’t Produce a Vaccine Passport
» Verizon Accused of Collecting Customer Browsing History (and More)
 
Europe and the EU
» “We Will Fight” — German MEP Declares Solidarity With Australians Battling COVID Tyranny
» Assisted Suicide Machine Approved for Use in Switzerland
» Austria to Swear in New Leader
» Belgium: Protest Against Coronavirus Restrictions Turns Violent in Brussels
» Cocaine Traces Found in UK Parliament Amidst Reports of Widespread Drugs Abuse
» Conor McGregor Slams EU, Declares ‘Forced Vaccine is a War Crime’
» Danish PM Caught Shopping Maskless
» Europe Extends Its Coronavirus “Disinformation” Surveillance Campaign
» France: A Crowded Field on the Right Gives Macron a Boost of Confidence
» France: Eric Zemmour Attacked at First Campaign Rally, 39 Antifa Extremists Arrested, Molotov Cocktails Seized
» German Study Finds Zero Healthy Children Between 5 and 18 Died From COVID
» Germany: Nutcracker Ballet Canceled in Berlin Over Claims of Racism and Sexism; Russian Ambassador Raised Censorship Concerns
» Hungary: PM Orban Answers Children’s Questions on Saint Nicholas Day
» Ireland: Extinction Rebellion Activists From Cork to Face Trial for Graffiti Attack on Govt Building
» Ireland: Mental Health, Smoking, Weight Gain, And Binge Drinking: Pandemic Takes Its Toll
» Italian Govt Strips Unvaccinated of Freedoms Over Christmas Holidays
» Italy: Knox Husband Slams Guede’s ‘Lies’
» Italy Makes Life Uncomfortable for Unvaccinated People
» Italy Bans Unvaccinated From Public Life With ‘Super Green Pass’
» Poland: Kaczynski: ‘Freedom is in Retreat Throughout the Western World’
» Poland: Gov’t Seeks Allies to Oppose Federal Europe, Says PM
» Poland: Single European State is a Dangerous Utopia, PM Says
» UK: Conservative Councillors Defect to Pro-Freedom Parties Ahead of Special Election
» UK: MP Who Claims She Feels “Unsafe” Around Maskless is Pictured Partying Maskless
» UK: Supermarket Advert Showing Santa With a Vaccine Pass is Cleared by Regulators
» UK: Senior Tory MP Accuses Own Govt of ‘Waging’ Coronavirus ‘Propaganda War’
» Zemmour Pledges to ‘Reconquer’ France
 
Australia — Pacific
» Major Challenge to Victoria’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rules as Dozens of un-Jabbed Ambulance Officers Facing the Sack Say They Have Been Turned From Heroes Into Villains
» New Zealand: ‘Bloody Annoying’: Passengers Caught Up in Protest
 
Immigration
» EU OK’s Border Reinforcement Funding for Poland, Baltics
» Poland: Situation at Belarus Border Improving, Says PM
 
Culture Wars
» Australia: Dan Andrews Sets Mandatory Gender Quotas on Construction Sites — as Part of an Effort to Get More Women Into the Industry That’s ‘Dominated by Blokes’
» Maskers Now Demand You’re Banned From Talking While Eating
» Nothing is Sacred: German LGBT Magazine Profanes the Virgin Mary, Holy Family
» Pope Francis Slams E.U. Attempt to Cancel Christmas
 

Czech Wage Jumps, With Average Prague Salary Surpassing Czk 45,500

Wages in the Czech Republic rose in the third quarter of 2021, but in many areas they just kept pace with inflation or even fell behind slightly.

The average gross monthly wage for a full-time employee in the Czech Republic in Q3 2021 reached CZK 37,499, up 5.7 percent compared to the same time period of last year. At the same time, consumer prices increased by 4.1 percent, meaning that the average wage increased by 1.5 percent in real terms, according to the Czech Statistical Office (CSÚ).

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

Justinflation: Bank Warns That Canadian Food Costs Will Continue to Rise

A federal bank has warned Canadians that food costs will continue to rise for the “foreseeable future.”

These prices are expected to increase by 8 percent on average and will be felt across Canada, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

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Most Poles Say Gov’t Failed to Handle Inflation

As many as 70 percent of Poles have criticised the government for not having taken appropriate action to stem inflation, which recently approached 8 percent, a poll has shown.

The inflation rate in Poland jumped to 7.7 percent year on year in November, according to a flash estimate by the Central Statistical Office.

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Poland’s Unemployment Rate Set to Fall in November — Ministry

Poland’s estimated unemployment rate in November 2021 stood at 5.4 percent, down by 0.1 percentage points from October, the Family and Social Policy Ministry has said.

Compared to November 2020, unemployment dropped by 0.7 percentage points, the ministry said in a statement released on Monday.

“The labour market has stabilised. There are fewer unemployed people… compared to last year and February 2020, that is just before the coronavirus pandemic,” said Marlena Malag, the family minister.

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40 Percent of Hispanics Offended by Woke ‘Latinx’ Term: Poll

Despite white leftist academics creating new and “inclusive” gender terms, a new poll has found only two percent of Latino voters refer to themselves as “Latinx.”

According to a nationwide poll’s findings reported by POLITICO, 40 percent of Hispanic voters find the woke term offensive and 30 percent said they would be less likely to support a politician or organization that uses “Latinx.”

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A New, More Restrictive ‘Critical Race Theory’ Law Now in Effect for Texas Schools

A new expansive measure targeting how topics such as race and racism can be discussed in Texas schools went into effect December 2, replacing a previous “critical race theory” law passed in May. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 17, Senate Bill 3 went into effect last Thursday, and includes, among other stipulations, that “a teacher may not be compelled to discuss a widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.”

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

Alec Baldwin and Wife Hilaria Delete Twitter Accounts Days After ‘Rust’ Interview

Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, have both deleted their main Twitter accounts just days after the Hollywood star’s interview denying blame in the shooting death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The actor’s main @alecbaldwin account — which he had used for earlier official statements over the fatal “Rust” shooting — had been deleted by late Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Users trying to find the much-used account are now met with the message, “This account doesn’t exist.”

At the time, Baldwin’s foundation account, @ABFalecbaldwin, was still active, as was his wife account @HilariaBaldwin, the media outlet said.

But by Monday, both of those accounts had also been deleted.

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

Alec Baldwin Twitter Account Disappears Days After ‘Rust’ Interview

Just days after his exclusive interview with ABC News about the Rust shooting, actor Alec Baldwin appears to have deleted one of his two verified Twitter accounts.

As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the handle @AlecBaldwin is no longer listed on the social media platform. Attempting to go the account will just pull up a page that says “this account doesn’t exist.”

Baldwin does have an additional Twitter account, but it appears to be used very seldomly, if at all—the page has not been updated with a new post in over one year.

Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, also no longer has a Twitter account. Both of their Instagram handles appear to still be active at this time…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Chris Cuomo Reportedly Planning to Sue CNN for Breach of Contract After Having Been Fired

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is reportedly prepping to sue his former employer for breaching his $6 million-per-year contract.

According to an exclusive report by the New York Post, the CNN legal team is “bracing” for a legal battle with Cuomo, who was fired over efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, during a sexual misconduct scandal that would lead to his resignation.

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

Breaking: NYC Mandates COVID Vaccines for Children, Private-Sector Employees

Now that children have been approved to receive the mRNA vaccine from Pfizer, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has extended his demand that New Yorkers get vaccinated to that age group as well.

While schools have not made the vaccine mandatory for 5-11 year olds, de Blasio has declared that children, too, must show proof of their COVID vaccination before they are allowed to dine out indoors, or attend entertainments. Children will have to show that they have had at least one dose of Pfizer, according to NBC.

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

Breaking: Trump’s New Media Platform and Rumble Have Distribution Deal

Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Rumble’s parent company Cantor Fitzgerald, stated on Monday that they have worked out a distribution deal with former President Donald Trump’s planned “TRUTH” social media platform.

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

Breaking: Rep. Devin Nunes to Become CEO of Trump’s Media Group

Congressman Devin Nunes is leaving Congress for the CEO position of former President Donald Trump’s upcoming anti-Big Tech media company.

In the latest report by Fox News, the outlet says they’ve confirmed rumors alongside the revelation that the California Republican lawmaker will retire as a result.

The quote used to describe the deal is that Nunes “got a job offer that he can’t refuse” in helming Trump’s new media organization. The latest press release from the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) confirmed the news.

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

Ethics Experts Alarmed by 93% Decrease in Clinton Foundation Donations Since $250 Million Peak in 2009

The Clinton Foundation’s rapid decline in donor cash has alarmed top ethics watchdogs who say it shows clear red flags of political corruption.

[Comment: The Clinton Foundation is a pay-to-play operation.]

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

Exclusive: Loudoun County Was Given $1.3 Million to Buy Books With ‘Diverse Characters and Authorship, ‘ Parents Allege Some Books Resemble ‘Pornography’

Loudoun County’s Supervisor of Secondary English and Reading Department Instruction budgeted over $1.3 million on books for sixth to 12th-graders that represent “diverse characters,” according to a records request obtained by the Daily Caller.

Michelle Picard, a Loudoun County administrator who oversees reading instruction in middle and high schools, sent an email in 2019 informing staff that the district had $1,325,000 to spend on “books with diverse characters or authorship.” “Diverse” according to Picard means “ethnicity/culture/heritage/language/religion/sexual orientation.” A Loudoun County spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Caller that the entire fund was not used, but could not retrieve an exact number at the time.

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

Federal Appeals Court Denies Biden’s Attempt to Move Vaccine Mandate Case to a More Liberal Courtroom

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a motion filed by the Biden administration Friday that would transfer the OSHA vaccine mandate case to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court refused to allow the case to be moved to the circuit court in Washington, D.C., and ruled each side must file their arguments by Dec. 10, despite petitioners’ request.

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

Former Facebook Employee Alleges Company’s Anti-Conservative Bias With Shocking Statistics

Former Facebook employee and research fellow for technology policy at The Heritage Foundation Kara Frederick sat down with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck and alleged bias against conservatives on Facebook and Twitter with shocking statistics.

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

Gatestone Institute to Announce a $100,000 National Essay Contest This Week

Gatestone Institute is launching an educational essay contest that challenges America’s youngsters, ages 16-21, to submit an essay, based on facts that need to be sourced in the essay, on the nation’s economy and America’s growing multi-trillion-dollar deficit.

Winning essayists will be eligible for a $10,000 share of the $100,000 in cash prizes to be determined by a panel of judges headed by Larry Kudlow, former Director of the National Economic Council and host of the television show Kudlow on the Fox Business Network (weekdays at 4 pm) and the Larry Kudlow Radio Show on 77 WABC.

[Comment: This is a great way to support right-wing youth.]

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

Ghislaine Maxwell Asked Teen to Recruit Others for Oral Sex: Witness

A former British model took the stand Monday to detail how she was allegedly lured into Jeffrey Epstein’s orbit by Ghislaine Maxwell at 17 — and asked to recruit other girls to give him oral sex.

The woman, identified only as “Kate” for privacy reasons, testified that the British socialite introduced her to Epstein at Maxwell’s London townhouse in the early 1990s and convinced her to give him a sexual massage soon after.

Maxwell even tried to get Kate to recruit others to give the late pedophile oral sex, telling her he liked “cute, young, pretty” girls, “like you.”

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

House Democrats Won’t Schedule Vote on Bill to Sanction Chinese Slave Labor

Democratic leaders are walking back their promise to hold a vote this week in the House on legislation that would sanction China’s use of slave labor and ban the import of goods made using it, according to the legislative chamber’s vote schedule.

Democratic House Rules chair Jim McGovern (D., Mass.) promised last week after a meeting with Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) that the House would hold a vote this week on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a long-stalled human rights bill that has emerged as a flashpoint in U.S.-China relations. While McGovern indicated on Thursday that the bill would proceed, it is not listed on the House’s official floor schedule.

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

Hundreds Gather at Niagara Square to Protest Erie County Mask Mandate

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday morning, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Buffalo to protest Erie County’s mask mandate.

Last month, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that the mandate impacts public places like stores, bars and restaurants across the county

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

Joe Rogan Slams CNN as ‘F***in Propagandists’ After Chris Cuomo’s Firing

As the scandal involving Chris Cuomo, his brother, and sexual harassment allegations heated up last week, Joe Rogan slammed the network that would go on to fire Cuomo as “f*cking propagandists.”

As the scandal involving Chris Cuomo, his brother, and sexual harassment allegations heated up last week, Joe Rogan slammed the network that would go on to fire Cuomo as “f*cking propagandists.”

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

Jussie Smollett Testifies He Used Drugs Alongside, ‘Made Out’ With Bola Osundairo

Jussie Smollett testified Monday that he used marijuana and cocaine alongside and “made out” with one of the men who he allegedly paid to attack him.

Smollett claimed that he first met Abimbola “Bola” Osundairo, a crew member on “Empire,” in 2017 at a nightclub. The two did drugs together and then visited a gay bathhouse, he said, where they “made out” and engaged in “touching.”

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

Kyle Rittenhouse Says ‘F**k’ Lebron James

Kyle Rittenhouse is not a fan of LeBron James.

Prior to the teenager being acquitted on all charges on his self-defense shooting case in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the four-time NBA champion accused Rittenhouse of faking his tears while on the witness stand.

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

Massachusetts Teacher Sues After Being Fired for Social Media Posts

A high school teacher in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district superintendent and the principal for firing her over posts she made on social media criticizing critical race theory and gender theory. She claims her freedom of speech was violated.

The lawsuit was filed by conservative activism group Judicial Watch on behalf of Kari MacRae on November 29.

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

Media Tells People How to Not Get Car Jacked Amid Skyrocketing Crime Rates

A local news station recently ran a piece on carjackings in the Washington, DC, area, giving “advice” on how residents can deal with the out-of-control situation.

Carjackings have increased exponentially in many of large US metropolitan centers since the start of the pandemic, up more than 500 percent in some cases.

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

More States Exit National School Board Association Amid Bipartisan Pushback to Org Calling Parents Domestic Terrorists

Three more states exited the National School Board Association (NSBA) amid a bipartisan pushback to a letter that the organization submitted to the White House calling for federal intervention to deal with parents whose actions were allegedly akin to “domestic terrorism.”

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

‘Never Seen Anything Like it’: LA Residents Rattled as Violent Crime Finally Seeps Into Wealthy Neighborhoods

Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant was killed in her Beverly Hills home on Wednesday, sparking renewed concerns about Los Angeles’ rising violent crime bleeding into wealthy neighborhoods.

Violent crime rates have been rising in the city for two years, according to the Los Angeles Times. While property crimes have reportedly seen only modest changes since 2019, car thefts are up nearly 53% and homicides are up 46.7% from 2019.

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

Oregon Moves to Make Indoor Mask Mandate Permanent

Oregon is moving to making its indoor mask mandate permanent, meaning the rule will only be able to be repealed in the highly unlikely event of Republicans winning the state.

Authorities are progressing in making compulsory face coverings an indefinite mandate and have taken “the first step in making the rule permanent,” reports KATU.

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

Pueblo Police Chief: Thefts Under $2,000 Cannot Result in Jail Time

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) — In 2021, theft and larceny in Pueblo is up 11%. Auto theft has almost doubled in the city, going up 46%. However, thanks to a current policy in place, some thieves can avoid jail time.

In a crime report given to Pueblo City Council in November, Pueblo Police Chief Chris Noeller said, “the current policy of the Pueblo County Jail is to accept only those felony charges with the exception of DUI or domestic violence.”

He adds, “in the case of thefts, a person can steal up to $1,999.00 of merchandise from store or person and will not be taken to jail.”

[Comment: That is insanity.]

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Seattle Recall Against Marxist Councilmember Loses Venues for Election Night Party, Campaign Manager Targeted With Death Threats

With the Seattle recall against a Marxist city council member just days away, the recall campaign now finds itself without a location for their election night party after two venues cancelled on them.

The recall election against Democratic Socialists of American and Socialist Alternative firebrand Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is scheduled for Tuesday. On Saturday, the Recall Sawant campaign was informed by their election night party venue, the Garage, that they could no longer use the venue because they were worried about the potential of threats of violence against the location.

According to the campaign, there were no threats as of the time of cancellation because the venue had been kept secret and only known to those who RSVPed to an invite only event.

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

Suburban Chicago Parents, Students Protest Cancelations Due to COVID Transmission Rates

OAK PARK — Parents and students, many in their athletic jerseys and sweats, gathered in front of Oak Park-River Forest High School Saturday afternoon to protest the school’s announcement that all clubs, athletics and extracurricular activities would be canceled for the remainder of the semester.

The decision came following a transmission rate the Oak Park Public Health Department said is four times higher than the rest of the community.

Protesters, however, did not entertain this logic, chanting “Let them play!” as public health officials tried to speak at the protest.

A petition on change.org also was created Saturday and had already garnered more than 1,000 signatures by Sunday afternoon. It called upon Superintendent Greg Johnson to “immediately stay the decision for cancellation of extracurricular activities” and hold a hearing to disclose all of the public health data that led to the decision.

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

Suspect Wanted for Vandalizing Denver Church With Swastikas, ‘Satan Lives Here’ Graffiti Believed to be in Portland Area

The suspect wanted for the October felony vandalism of an iconic Catholic church in Denver, Colorado, is now believed to be in the Portland, Oregon, area.

26-year-old Madeline Ann Cramer is accused of vandalizing the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver on the morning of Oct. 10 with anti-Catholic slogans spray painted in bright red on the outside of the building, sidewalks, and on the base of a statue of St. John Paul II.

Catholic News Agency reported that Cramer is a pro-abortion activist who was charged in 2020 with obstructing police and sentenced to one year of probation plus 48 hours of community service.

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

Thousands of New York City Residents at Risk of Losing Their Job is They Can’t Produce a Vaccine Passport

New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio announced stricter COVID-19 measures in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. Kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will have to show a vaccine passport to access parts of society and private businesses will be forced to ask employees to show a vaccine passport or lose their job.

The FDA recently approved the Pfizer vaccine for the 5 to 11 years old age group. De Blasio announced that these kids will now be forced to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor dining and entertainment venues.

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

Verizon Accused of Collecting Customer Browsing History (and More)

The My Verizon App has been accused of secretly collecting a user’s browser information, tracking apps, location, and contacts, for the purposes of understanding user interests. The mobile network provider appears to be automatically enrolling users in the data collection feature.

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

“We Will Fight” — German MEP Declares Solidarity With Australians Battling COVID Tyranny

A German official has announced her “full solidarity” with Australians and others battling authoritarian governments as they roll out unprecedented medical tyranny across the globe.

Christine Anderson, a Member of European Parliament (MEP), has broken with the vast majority of her contemporaries in staunchly opposing COVID restrictions and injection mandates.

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Assisted Suicide Machine Approved for Use in Switzerland

Switzerland, the same country that recently voted to ban the niqab in public places, has just approved a new suicide chamber for use early next year.

The chamber is made by 3D printing, and has been called “Sarco.” It allows a patient to enter the chamber, wait until he or she is comfortable, and commit suicide painlessly at the touch of a button.

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Austria to Swear in New Leader

Austria plans to swear in immigration hardliner Karl Nehammer as its new chancellor on Monday, after its former one, Sebastien Kurz, quit politics amid corruption allegations. Nehammer is a former soldier and communications adviser, who said fighting covid would be his main priority. Kurz quit as head of his party last week, after saying that having had a newborn child had clouded his judgment in the occupation affair.

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Belgium: Protest Against Coronavirus Restrictions Turns Violent in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Police fired teargas and used water cannons on Sunday to disperse protesters pelting officers with cobblestones and fireworks as a demonstration in Brussels over government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions turned violent.

A few thousand protesters marched peacefully through the centre of the Belgian capital to the neighbourhood which hosts the headquarters of European Union institutions, where the demonstration reached its end point.

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Cocaine Traces Found in UK Parliament Amidst Reports of Widespread Drugs Abuse

The Speaker of the House of Commons is taking seriously reports of widespread drugs abuse amid traces of cocaine being found in several lavatories in Parliament, saying he will raise the allegations with Scotland Yard.

The House of Commons Commission is also considering using sniffer dogs, following reports from The Times on Sunday alleging evidence of the Class A drug cocaine in Parliamentary toilets. Whistleblowers claim that widespread drug abuse is an “open secret” on the Parliamentary Estate, not just amongst staff but MPs, also.

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Conor McGregor Slams EU, Declares ‘Forced Vaccine is a War Crime’

UFC legend Conor McGregor has branded “forced” vaccination a “war crime” and slammed the EU and its “lapdogs” in the Irish government.

McGregor, the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion, made the statement after Neale Richmond, a politician from Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party, had tried to needle him over his statement that it was “time to talk about Ireland leaving the European Union” on Twitter by trying to turn his infamous “You’ll do nuttin’“ catch-phrase against him.

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Danish PM Caught Shopping Maskless

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has issued a public apology after she was caught in a clothing shop in central Copenhagen without wearing a face mask.

In a subsequent post on Facebook, which arrived after the newspaper Ekstra Bladet published a video of her trying on clothes without a mask, Frederiksen admitted that she had failed to heed the new restrictions that came into force on Monday, calling it a simple oversight.

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Europe Extends Its Coronavirus “Disinformation” Surveillance Campaign

The European Commission has announced that it had extended its Coronavirus “disinformation” monitoring program for another six months, to June 2022.

The commission also published the latest reports on the action taken by online platforms between September and October.

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France: A Crowded Field on the Right Gives Macron a Boost of Confidence

A busy weekend in France has given us three new official candidates on the right to challenge president Emmanuel Macron in the 2022 presidential elections, which means France has four altogether. However, given the fall-out rate in French politics due to sexual or corruption scandals, conservative France can count herself lucky if at least one of them will make into the April finale.

The French right has been fed on the staple diet of the National Rally’s Marine Le Pen’s patriotism and increasingly mild anti-immigration rhetoric for years, but she is facing three new firebrand challengers as the faces of re-awakening French nationalism.

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France: Eric Zemmour Attacked at First Campaign Rally, 39 Antifa Extremists Arrested, Molotov Cocktails Seized

French conservative presidential candidate Eric Zemmour held his first campaign rally over the weekend but the event was marred when he was assaulted by a crowd member, while 39 Antifa extremists were arrested allegedly armed with weapons and acid at the venue.

The conservative writer and television pundit was attacked shortly before his speech in Villepinte on Sunday by a member of the audience who attempted to get his arms around the neck of Zemmour before security was able to subdue him.

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German Study Finds Zero Healthy Children Between 5 and 18 Died From COVID

A study conducted by researchers in Germany found that not a single healthy child between the ages of 5 and 18 died from COVID-19 in the first 15 months of the pandemic.

“Overall, the SARS-CoV-2-associated burden of a severe disease course or death in children and adolescents is low,” the scientists reported.

“This seems particularly the case for 5-11-year-old children without comorbidities.”

While COVID claimed zero lives of healthy children between the ages of 5 and 18, it only claimed the lives of six children and adolescents in that age range who had preexisting conditions.

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Germany: Nutcracker Ballet Canceled in Berlin Over Claims of Racism and Sexism; Russian Ambassador Raised Censorship Concerns

Following the Berlin State Ballet’s decision to remove the classic “Nutcracker” ballet over political correctness and claims of racism, the Russian ambassador to Germany, Sergei Netschajew, has criticized the decision.

“The erasure in the programs is a painful reminder of well-known developments from the past and can only cause concern,” he warned on Wednesday in an article published by the Berliner Zeitung.

The Don Quixote ballet, which will replace the Nutcracker, also contains “insulting elements,” according to Netschajew.

At the same time, the diplomat noted that “it is reassuring that the cancel culture, which is gaining momentum in Germany, does not correspond to the majority of the actual mood of the population.”

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Hungary: PM Orban Answers Children’s Questions on Saint Nicholas Day

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban answered children’s questions in a one-minute video on his Facebook page on the eve of St. Nicholas day, which celebrates a 3rd century saint known as the bringer of gifts.

Saint Nicholas of Myra (270-343 c.e.) was an early Christian bishop, patron saint of sailors, merchants and later celebrated as the bringer of secret gifts (the latter perhaps based on his habit of anonymous charity). He is celebrated in Central and Eastern Europe and parts of Western Europe — mainly Germany.

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Ireland: Extinction Rebellion Activists From Cork to Face Trial for Graffiti Attack on Govt Building

Two Extinction Rebellion activists will go on trial in February over a live-streamed graffiti attack at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

Gardai arrested Orla Murphy, 20, with an address at Ballinacarrig, Whitechurch, Co. Cork and 21-year-old Oxford University biology student Zachery Lumley, from South Lodge Ballinlough, Cork City, on the afternoon of March 19 last.

They were charged with criminal damage at Cabinet Minister Simon Coveney’s department building, Iveagh House, at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Paint was splattered on the front of the building, with graffiti, “no more empty promises,” sprayed across the building’s entrance.

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Ireland: Mental Health, Smoking, Weight Gain, And Binge Drinking: Pandemic Takes Its Toll

One in three people say their mental health has worsened since the start of the pandemic, with almost the same number now smoking more often and 81% feel less socially connected.

However, 42% of drinkers say they drink less alcohol now, with just 13% saying their intake has increased.

That is according to the Government’s latest Healthy Ireland survey, carried out among 7,454 people aged 15 and older between October 2020 and March this year.

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Italian Govt Strips Unvaccinated of Freedoms Over Christmas Holidays

MILAN (AP) — Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people this holiday season, excluding them from indoor restaurants, theatres, and museums starting Monday to reduce the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine sceptics to get their shots.

Italian police have been empowered to check whether diners in restaurants or bars have a “super” green health pass certifying that they are either vaccinated or have recently recovered from the virus. Smart phone applications that verify people’s health pass status have been updated to prevent entry to concerts, movies or performances to those who have merely tested negative in recent days. The measures run through Jan. 15.

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Italy: Knox Husband Slams Guede’s ‘Lies’

Ivorian tells Sun ‘others were there, she knows the truth’

(ANSA) — ROME, NOV 30 — Amanda Knox’s husband has slammed as a “disgrace” British tabloid the Sun’s publishing “lies” by the convicted murder of British student Meredith Kercher that a court had found he did not act alone and American former student Knox “knows the truth” about the killing, for which she was eventually acquitted.

Christopher Robinson said “giving a platform and amplifying the lies of (Ivorian former drifter) Rudy Guede, who without doubt killed Meredith Kercher, is cruel for Amanda and for the Kercher family, and all for a few clicks. Shame on you”.

Guede was released last week after serving 13 years of a 16-year-term for the November 1,2007 murder of the British exchange student in the Perugia flat she shared with Knox, after a court found he had killed the London-born Leeds University student but had not acted alone.

Guede told the Sun at the weekend “the court condemned me for complicity in the murder because my DNA was there but the court papers say there were other people there and I did not inflict the mortal wounds”.

Knox wand her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted, cleared, convicted and finally cleared of involvement in the murder.

Asked if he was referring to Knox, Guede told the tabloid: “I only want to say that she should read the documents. As I already said they state that there were others present and I did not inflict the injuries. I know the truth and she knows it too”.

Knox and Sollecito said last week that Guede acted alone in murdering Kercher.

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Italy Makes Life Uncomfortable for Unvaccinated People

Italy is making life more uncomfortable for unvaccinated people this holiday season, excluding them from indoor restaurants, theaters and museums starting Monday to reduce the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccine skeptics to get their shots.

Italian police can check whether diners in restaurants or bars have a “super” green health pass certifying that they are either vaccinated or have recently recovered from the virus. Smartphone applications that check people’s health pass status will be updated and those who have merely tested negative in recent days for COVID-19 will no longer be allowed into concerts, movies or performances. The measures run through Jan. 15.

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Italy Bans Unvaccinated From Public Life With ‘Super Green Pass’

Italy is rolling out its ‘Super Green Pass’ today, barring the unvaccinated from a variety of events and amenities, even if they have a negative COVID test.

Unvaccinated individuals are now barred from eating indoors at restaurants, attending sports events, concerts, theatres, and other public events, regardless of whether or not they have tested negative for the Chinese Coronavirus, reports Italian newspaper Il Giornale.

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Poland: Kaczynski: ‘Freedom is in Retreat Throughout the Western World’

Germany’s new government is raising grave concerns from European conservatives, especially over its move towards creating a federalized Europe, according to Poland’s Law and Justice party (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who was speaking at the Warsaw Summit on Saturday, along with the leaders of several European conservative and right-wing parties

Kaczynski focused his speech on the coalition agreement of the new German government, which emphasized that the goal of European integration should be the creation of a “European federal state organized in accordance with the rule of subsidiarity and proportionality and with a card of basic rights” as basis for its functioning.

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Poland: Gov’t Seeks Allies to Oppose Federal Europe, Says PM

Poland’s prime minister said on Monday his government is seeking allies in the fight against the “federalisation and centralisation” of Europe.

Mateusz Morawiecki added that Poland wants to ally itself with parties that want a strong EU through the strength of its member states.

Morawiecki’s comments came after a meeting on Saturday in Warsaw of European conservative and right-wing European parties.

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Poland: Single European State is a Dangerous Utopia, PM Says

Further expansion of the EU’s competences and establishing of the “United States of Europe”, is a dangerous phenomenon and a kind of utopia, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a conference on the future of the European Union.

The event “How to reform the (European — PAP) Union for the future of Europe?” was organised in Warsaw on Friday by the Polish delegation of the centre-right European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament.

By setting a barrier to the further expansion of the competences of the European Union, we are also defending Europe and the EU, Morawiecki told the conference.

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UK: Conservative Councillors Defect to Pro-Freedom Parties Ahead of Special Election

Two elected councillors have defected away from Britain’s governing Conservatives, but somewhat bizarrely both moves came on the same day, in the same local association, but to two different parties.

Announcements for two defections came Monday, first from the Reclaim Party, a new libertarian party created by actor Laurence Fox, and again just hours later from the Reform Party, the renamed Brexit Party founded by Nigel Farage and now led by Richard Tice.

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UK: MP Who Claims She Feels “Unsafe” Around Maskless is Pictured Partying Maskless

An MP who claimed she felt “unsafe” around people who don’t wear masks proudly posted maskless photos of herself to Twitter enjoying a party surrounded by people not wearing masks.

Whoops.

“I feel incredibly unsafe in the chamber,” when Tories don’t wear masks Labour MP Zarah Sultana stated during a recent BBC News interview.

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UK: Supermarket Advert Showing Santa With a Vaccine Pass is Cleared by Regulators

A supermarket advert that depicts Santa Claus only being able to enter Britain with a vaccine passport has been cleared by regulators, who insist that it doesn’t ‘break our rules’.

The short for the Tesco chain of supermarkets in Britain quickly became the second most complained about advert in history as it features the threat of Christmas being cancelled and Santa being quarantined because of COVID restrictions.

Over 5000 complaints were registered after the ad, titled “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”, also showed Santa averting the crisis by flashing his vaccination status passport, showing that he is fully vaxxed against the virus.

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UK: Senior Tory MP Accuses Own Govt of ‘Waging’ Coronavirus ‘Propaganda War’

Conservative MP Sir Christopher Chope has accused his own government of “waging” a “propaganda war” on the British people to encourage them to support continuing restrictions.

The veteran MP for Christchurch in the south of England also warned that with the Opposition and most of Tories backing the Johnson administration, it would take a mass change in public opinion for government to likewise change policy in favour of ending restrictive measures.

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Zemmour Pledges to ‘Reconquer’ France

French far-right presidential contender Eric Zemmour said in a campaign speech Sunday “if I win this election, it won’t be another rotation of power but a reconquest of the greatest country in the world”, echoing the military expulsion of Muslims from medieval Spain in the so-called Reconquista. He also pledged to cut taxes and pull France out of Nato, amid violent scuffles with anti-Zemmour protesters in the Congress hall.

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Major Challenge to Victoria’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rules as Dozens of un-Jabbed Ambulance Officers Facing the Sack Say They Have Been Turned From Heroes Into Villains

More than two dozen staff have filed a case in the Fair Work Commission arguing they have been denied procedural fairness over a policy to stand down those who have not received a Covid-19 jab.

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New Zealand: ‘Bloody Annoying’: Passengers Caught Up in Protest

A passenger train trip was cancelled after anti-coal activists shut down the Dunedin Railway Station, but protesters say that was never their intention.

Eight members of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion were arrested after blocking a coal train across St Andrew St about 7.20am on Saturday.

The protest inadvertently caused the cancellation of the Victorian excursion train to Oamaru.

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EU OK’s Border Reinforcement Funding for Poland, Baltics

Poland and the Baltic states will receive EUR 25 million in EU funding to strengthen their eastern borders following an about-face by Brussels on money for border security.

The funding has been included in the EU’s 2022 budget, passed in November, despite the European Commission earlier opposing such a move. Ursula von der Leyen, the commission’s president, said at the time that EU funding should not be used “to erect walls.”

According to PAP’s EU sources, the EU Council and the European Parliament, which decide about the budget, allowed the funding owing to the border crisis affecting Poland and the Baltic states.

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Poland: Situation at Belarus Border Improving, Says PM

The situation on Poland’s eastern border with Belarus has improved, the prime minister said on Monday.

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have been tackling increased migratory pressure on their borders with Belarus, due to what they say is a destabilisation policy orchestrated by the Belarusian government in retaliation for EU sanctions.

November saw clashes between migrants and Polish security forces, and numerous attempts to cross the border.

Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook following a briefing by representatives of the security services active on the border, that the situation had improved since his last visit there.

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Australia: Dan Andrews Sets Mandatory Gender Quotas on Construction Sites — as Part of an Effort to Get More Women Into the Industry That’s ‘Dominated by Blokes’

Women currently represent just 2.5 per cent of building and construction trades workers in Victoria.

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Maskers Now Demand You’re Banned From Talking While Eating

Pro-mask technocrats are now seriously calling for people to be banned from TALKING while they’re eating or drinking in bars and restaurants.

These people are off the reservation.

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Nothing is Sacred: German LGBT Magazine Profanes the Virgin Mary, Holy Family

In a German LGBT magazine, EU LGBT ambassador and LGBT activist Riccardo Simonetti is depicted as the Virgin Mary just in time for its December publication.

The photo has its critics, who say that the magazine is going out of its way to mock Christians during the holiest moment of the season. Unlike Muslims, who have been known to kill those who mock the prophet Muhammad, Germany’s Siegessaule Magazin published the photos knowing that Christians tend to protest but do not react with violence to such profanity.

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Pope Francis Slams E.U. Attempt to Cancel Christmas

ROME — Pope Francis said Monday that the European Union’s recent attempt to cancel Christmas is an “anachronism” more worthy of a Napoleon or a Hitler than modern Europe.

During the return flight from Greece to Rome Monday, Francis was asked what he thought of the recent E.U. document on “inclusive communication” that eliminated references to Christian holidays in favor of more generic holiday greetings and inclusive language.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/6/2021

  1. Yesterday, former Czech president Vaclav Klaus called for creating a “vaccine blue-book”, as an opposition to “covid-pass”. “Blue-book” in Czech terminology means “exempt from army duties” – the holder of the “vaccine blue book” would be exempt from mandatory vaccination. It is a bit of a joke, turning the “covid-pass” into its very opposite.

    https://www.novinky.cz/komentare/clanek/komentar-zastavme-hrozbu-povinneho-ockovaciho-experimentu-vaclav-klaus-40380289

  2. “It means that women must represent at least three per cent of jobs in each trade role on a project, four per cent of apprentices and trainees, seven per cent for each non-trade position, and 35 per cent of management, supervisor and specialist labour roles under the Building Equality Policy.”
    I don’t understand. How is it equal when only 3% will be on site and 35% in offices? Get on the scaffold, ladies!

    (I’m obviously joking. Or am I? It might do “feminazis” good to actually work a man’s job.)

    • “They” have forced men out of so many highly paid rewarding jobs there was only construction left to many of them. The Left couldn’t stand that men were still getting employed in construction so the Victorian communist government is going to make sure men can’t get any jobs at all. I have thought for a few years that men should leave Victoria as there is nothing here for them but discrimination and hatred. Men can’t have their dream job, they can’t have a relationship (the women are dabbling in lesbianism and don’t want the work of a relationship, just dress up and post photos on the internet), they are being pushed out of their sports, so why stay?

  3. Aha ha … This is incredibly funny!
    The Belarusian special services have learned the secrets of the alchemical transmutation of the transformation of Muslim migrants into berserkers!
    It is necessary to take vodka “Bulbash” * and insist on it fly agarics **- to give a drink to a Muslim migrant, and a berserker is ready, tearing apart the barbed wire with his bare hands! (joke)

    Now let’s move on to the news:

    Poland accuses Belarus of turning migrants into drunk berserkers
    The border services of Belarus supply alcoholic drinks to migrants at the border. This was announced on December 6 by the Polish Ministry of Defense.

    “Attempts to illegally cross the border are still taking place on the Polish-Belarusian border. Immigrants behave aggressively towards our servicemen and officials, ”the Polish ministry said in a statement.
    According to the Ministry of Defense of Poland, “such behavior of migrants may be caused by the use of alcohol, which they receive from the Belarusian services”.

    In addition, the Polish side published a video showing how in the dark, people on the Belarusian side of the border sit by the fire and pour a drink from a bottle into glasses. What exactly this bottle is on the video frames is not visible.
    https://eadaily.com/ru/news/2021/12/07/polsha-obvinyaet-belorussiyu-v-prevrashchenii-migrantov-v-pyanyh-berserkov
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    * The word “bulbash” comes from the word “bulba” – potatoes in Belarusian. Belarusians in Russia are sometimes called “Bulbash”. Well, that’s a bit of a contemptuous nickname.
    https://avatars.mds.yandex.net/get-mpic/1864685/img_id7438585035140579938.png/14hq

    **If some of the readers do not know: according to legend, the Vikings-berserkers used fly agarics inside before going into battle.

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