Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/9/2021

After sixteen years in power, Angela Merkel is stepping down as German chancellor. Numerous European leaders offered their encomia to the departing chancellor, among them Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and former Czech President Václav Klaus.

In other news, an Irish grandmother has been jailed again for entering shops on multiple occasions without wearing a mask.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Canadians Are About to Face More Sticker Shock at the Grocery Store
» China’s Vegetable Prices Surge 30.6% in November as Food Costs Soar
» Euro Zone Inflation Rate Hits a Record 4.9% for November
» Exclusive Poll: Biden is ‘Not Concerned’ About Harms of High Inflation, Majority of Americans Say
» Investors Brace for the Highest Inflation Reading in Nearly 40 Years
» OECD Sees Italy’s GDP Up 6.3% This Year, 4.6% in 2022
» Pakistan: Food Inflation in Need of Urgent Attention
 
USA
» Black Lives Matter Calls for ‘No Spending With White Companies’
» California OSHA Serves Warrant to San Jose Church and Interrogates Employees About COVID Compliance
» Capitol Riot: US Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Request to Block Files
» Facebook Boasts About New AI-Based Censorship
» FDA Now Says Pfizer Clinical Data Will Take 75 Years to Release
» FOIA Request of NIH Says There Are No Documents About “Gain-of-Function” Website Definition Removal
» ‘Homeless Vagrant’ Charged With Assault Walks Free, Allegedly Beats Two Women in New York, Is Released Again
» Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Democrat Politicians Rushed to Defend Guilty Jussie Smollett’s Hoax
» Jussie Smollett Found Guilty in Hate Crime Hoax Trial
» Kim Potter Trial: Experts Sound Off on Mistaking Handgun for Taser
» Kyle Rittenhouse Wants to ‘Sit Down’ With Biden Over ‘White Supremacist’ Claim
» MA Middle School Offers ‘Safe Spaces’ for ‘Students of Color’ to Process Rittenhouse, Arbery Verdicts
» Newly Elected NYC Mayor Condemns Christmas Tree Arsonist Suspect Being Let Go Without Bail
» Pfizer 4th Dose to be Needed ‘Sooner Than Expected’: Pfizer CEO
» Rittenhouse Responds to ASU Protestors: ‘I’M Going to Asu… in Person’
» Rumble Threatens Legal Action Against Odysee Over Recent Tweet
» Senate Passes Measure Nullifying Biden’s Vaccine Mandate on Large Companies
» Ted Cruz: Vaccine Mandate is Illegal, Unconstitutional, And a ‘Grotesque Abuse of Power’
» Ted Cruz on Latest Texas Lawsuit: DOJ ‘Operates as a Partisan Arm to Target Red States’
» TikTok Censored Pro-Kyle Rittenhouse Video for “Hate Speech”
» University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Reportedly Hosted $40k Ibram Kendi Event With Restricted Use of Recording
» Video Shows Kindergarten Students Forced to Sit Outside on Buckets in Freezing Weather
» Video: Cruz Slams Biden Admin for ‘Funding Chinese Concentration Camps’
» Video: Rand Paul Blasts Fauci; “He Routinely Ignores Science, Causes Hysteria and Creates Fear”
 
Canada
» RCMP Charge Former Space Agency Employee for Allegedly Working for Chinese Company
 
Europe and the EU
» Europe’s Liberal Press Claims ‘Fascists’ Met at Warsaw Summit
» French Conservatives Sack Vice President Over Support for Populist Zemmour
» Irish Grandma Jailed Again After Being Found With No Mask
» Italy: Doctors Can’t Refuse COVID Vaccine, Court Rules
» Italy: Pandemic Has Heightened Irrationality Says CENSIS
» New German Interior Minister Says Country’s Biggest Threat is Right-Wing Extremism
» Norwegian Churches Go Cold Amid High Electricity Prices
» One Million Britons Sign Up to Christmas Rave at Downing Street
» Over 900 Fines Handed Out on First Day of Italian ‘Super Green Pass’ And Restrictions on Public Transport
» PM Orban Writes Farewell to Merkel in German Newspaper
» PM Orban: Germany’s New Left-Wing Government is ‘Driving Towards a Migration-and-Gender Friendly Policy’
» Poland: COVID-19 Pandemic Led to Dramatic Drop in Marriages and Catholic Rites
» Report: Anti-Christian Hate Crimes in Europe Jump by 70% in One Year
» Scottish Tory Leader: BoJo Must Go if He Misled Parliament, No Evidence Vax Passports Work
» Segregation: Austria to Keep Unvaccinated Locked Down as Jabbed Given ‘Freedom’ Date
» Sweden and Germany: No Deaths in Children Due to COVID
» ‘The World Without Angela Merkel Will be Worse’ Says Former Czech President Klaus
» UK Health Secretary Says ‘Unethical’ Mandatory Vaccination ‘Will Not Work’
» UK Now Investigating Three Alleged Lockdown-Busting Downing Street Christmas Parties
» UK: Conservatives Rebel Over BoJo’s Vax Mandate ‘Political Suicide’
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: Paralympian James Brown Appeals Plane Glue Stunt Jail Term
» UK’s Reform Party Leader Richard Tice Pushes Back on Vaccine Passports
» Valérie Pécresse: Part-Thatcher, Part-Merkel and Wants to Run France
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Booster Shot Reduces Risk of Death by 90 Percent
» Health Chief: At Least 7 Boosters to be Fully Vaxxed
 
Far East
» China Committed Genocide Against Uyghurs, Independent Tribunal Rules
» S. Korea Parents Protest Over Student Vaccine Pass Mandate
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand Announces Plan to Ban Smoking for Future Generations by 2025
 
Latin America
» Oversight Board Reverses Instagram Censorship of Ayahuasca Post
 
Immigration
» France: Two Female Police Officers Slashed by African Migrant ‘Ninja’ Armed With Katana
» Lithuania to Give $1,130 to Migrants Who Return Home Voluntarily
» Orban, Estonian President Discuss EU Border Protection
» Polish Defense Ministry: Belarusian Intelligence Services Instructing Migrants on How to Illegally Cross Border
» UK Deploys Another 140 Troops to Poland and Lithuania to Bolster Forces at Border With Belarus Amid Tensions Over Migrant Crisis and Increase in Russian Troops Near Ukraine
» US Customs and Border Patrol Agents to Undergo ‘Woke’ Training in the Middle of Southern Border Crisis
 
Culture Wars
» Living the Meme
» Secret Twitter Program Fast-Tracks Elite Users’ Takedown Demands
» Telegram Introduces New Privacy Features and More
 

Canadians Are About to Face More Sticker Shock at the Grocery Store

Food prices will climb by between five and seven per cent in 2022, adding nearly $1,000 a year to the grocery bill of the average family of four, according to estimates from the latest edition of Canada’s Food Price Report released on Thursday.

Restaurant meals, dairy, vegetable and bakery prices will deliver the biggest hit to Canadians’ bottom lines with expected increases of between five and eight per cent, the research shows.

The overall increase, projected to be between five and seven per cent, is the highest yet predicted by the report, which has been forecasting food inflation for the past 12 years.

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

China’s Vegetable Prices Surge 30.6% in November as Food Costs Soar

BEIJING — Fresh vegetable prices in China surged by 30.6% in November from a year ago, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday.

The gains followed a 15.9% year-on-year rise in October, as floods and other extreme weather in recent months have hit farms. Although the bureau noted the supply of vegetables increased in November, prices were still up on a monthly basis by 6.8%.

Investors have been watching for signs of whether rapidly rising prices and stagnant economic activity might further drag down growth.

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

Euro Zone Inflation Rate Hits a Record 4.9% for November

The euro zone’s inflation rate has risen to a record high in November, preliminary data showed Tuesday, prompting further questions about what the European Central Bank will do next with its monetary policy.

Headline inflation came in at 4.9% for the month, compared to the same month last year. This was above a consensus forecast of 4.5% from Reuters and was higher than October’s 4.1%. The figure was the highest on record in the 25 years that the data has been compiled.

[Comment: Article dated November 30, 2021.]

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

Exclusive Poll: Biden is ‘Not Concerned’ About Harms of High Inflation, Majority of Americans Say

A majority of Americans believe President Joe Biden is not concerned with the impact that high inflation and rising costs have had on their lives, according to a Trafalgar Group/Convention of States poll released Thursday.

The poll, provided exclusively to the Daily Caller, reports that 56.7% of Americans believe Biden has little concern for the impact of inflation, with 44.6% of respondents saying he is “not concerned at all” and 12.1% saying he is “not very concerned.” The “not concerned” category included 27.8% of Democratic respondents, 59.1% of Republicans and 49.3% of independents.

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

Investors Brace for the Highest Inflation Reading in Nearly 40 Years

If the consensus is correct, the last time inflation was this high was in the early years of the Reagan administration — as the U.S. found itself amid a steep and persistent recession.

The Labor Department on Friday morning will release November’s consumer price index, a gauge that measures the cost of dozens of items. The index covers common goods including gasoline and ground beef, but extends into more detailed purchases such as frozen vegetables, indoor plants and flowers and pet supplies.

Wall Street expects the the index to reflect a 0.7% gain for the month, which would translate into a 6.7% increase from a year ago, according to Dow Jones estimates. Excluding food and energy, so-called core CPI is projected to rise 0.5% on a monthly basis and 4.9% on an annual basis.

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

OECD Sees Italy’s GDP Up 6.3% This Year, 4.6% in 2022

Growth set to drop to 2.6% in 2023 says economic outlook

(ANSA) — ROME, DEC 1 — The OECD said in its latest economic outlook on Wednesday that it sees Italy’s GDP rising 6.3% this year.

“The strong 2021 rebound from COVID-19 is forecast to ease progressively in 2022 and 2023, with growth of 4.6% and 2.6%,” the OECD said.

Italy posted negative growth of 8.9% last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The recovery is expected to benefit from supportive fiscal policy, including investment financed through Next Generation EU funds, and progressively normalising services activity,” the outlook said.

“A gradual rise in employment should support steady consumption growth. The recent increase in headline inflation is expected to moderate, but core inflation is forecast to rise as spare capacity declines and purchasing power increases”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Pakistan: Food Inflation in Need of Urgent Attention

Persistent surge in food prices has produced multiplied difficulties even for the middle-class in Pakistan where people spend a major portion of their income on food, with the costly petrol, electricity, and direct/indirect taxes making a big hole in their savings.

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the average inflation rate was recorded at 8.58% in July-Sep 2021 compared to the same period of the previous year. Monthly statistics in September show a 2.12% increase in the inflation rate compared to the month of August.

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

Black Lives Matter Calls for ‘No Spending With White Companies’

As the Christmas holiday fast approaches, Blackxmas is urging its supports to not only buy from black-owned businesses this holiday, but actively stop purchasing from white-owned companies.

“We’re dreaming of a #Blackxmas. That means no spending with white companies from 11/26/2021 — 01/01/2022,” the website for the movement reads.

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

California OSHA Serves Warrant to San Jose Church and Interrogates Employees About COVID Compliance

Following over a year of challenges with courts and the government, Calvary Chapel Pastor Mike McClure spoke out about government overreach and the actions taken against his church over the course of the pandemic.

Cavalry Chapel is a church based on San Jose, California, which also has a school associated with it. The church reopened in May for services after being shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, despite stay-at-home orders that were currently in place in the state.

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

Capitol Riot: US Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Request to Block Files

A US appeals court has rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to block Capitol riot investigators from accessing his White House records.

Mr Trump, a Republican, has argued that his past communications are protected by executive privilege, under which presidential files can be kept secret.

But President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege on the documents.

Lawmakers are trying to find out if Mr Trump had foreknowledge of the riot, which took place on 6 January.

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

Facebook Boasts About New AI-Based Censorship

Facebook (aka Meta) is doubling down on using “AI” to censor what the company considers “harmful content,” it has been announced.

When Big Tech talks about “AI” used for the purposes of moderation and censorship, they really mean machine learning (ML) powered automation, and time and time again, this technology has proved not to be up to the task.

But now Facebook says that it has developed “new AI technology” stemming from “scientific breakthroughs” in the field — and that it has started using the new system, called Few-Shot Learner (FSL) that is supposed to speed up censorship times.

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

FDA Now Says Pfizer Clinical Data Will Take 75 Years to Release

The US Food and Drug Administration has elongated the timespan it will take to make public clinical data about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA now says it will take 75 years to release the information.

After processing 12,000 pages about the approval process for the vaccine in the space of two months, the agency now says it will only be able to release 500 pages a month going forward.

Having already asserted that it will take 55 years to release the full data, that estimation has now been extended by two decades.

[Comment: I’d like to see someone make a copy of the clinical data and give it to Wikileaks.]

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

FOIA Request of NIH Says There Are No Documents About “Gain-of-Function” Website Definition Removal

The Epoch Times sent a freedom of information request to the NIH for communications and other documents explaining why it decided to suddenly remove the definition of “gain-of-function research” from its website. The agency said no such documents exist.

The censorship of the website took place between October 19 and October 21. Before then, the NIH website used to have a 232-word definition of “gain-of-function research.” The definition was removed shortly after the agency admitted that it funded research in China that many alleged met the classification that was originally described on the website.

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

‘Homeless Vagrant’ Charged With Assault Walks Free, Allegedly Beats Two Women in New York, Is Released Again

Prosecutors and a judge in Manhattan deemed it appropriate on Friday that a “homeless vagrant,” Darrell Johnson, with a history of randomly assaulting people on the streets of New York, multiple times, should be free to be released again under “supervised monitoring.”

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

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Democrat Politicians Rushed to Defend Guilty Jussie Smollett’s Hoax

Jussie Smollett was convicted of five counts of felony disorderly misconduct on Thursday in Chicago for faking a hate crime in January 2019 — when Democratic presidential contenders rushed to declare their sympathy for him as a purported victim.

As Washington Post correspondent Dave Weigel pointed out earlier Thursday, in advance of the verdict, “every major 2020 Dem (not Buttigieg) rushed to comment, credulously, on the Jussie Smollett hoax.”

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

Jussie Smollett Found Guilty in Hate Crime Hoax Trial

A jury found disgraced actor and former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett guilty on five of six charges in a case where he is accused of staging an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.

He was acquitted on one count.

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

Kim Potter Trial: Experts Sound Off on Mistaking Handgun for Taser

MINNEAPOLIS — Witness testimony is underway in the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police Officer Kim Potter in the death of Minneapolis 20-year-old Daunte Wright, renewing attention over the debate of police use of force and raising questions about how an officer could mistake a handgun for a Taser.

“Every Taser course I know of emphasizes making sure you don’t inadvertently pull one when you need the other,” said David Katz, a former senior special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the founder and CEO of Global Security Group. “That is why most departments use the Taser in a cross-draw position, which is separate from the strong-side holster for the regular firearm.”

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

Kyle Rittenhouse Wants to ‘Sit Down’ With Biden Over ‘White Supremacist’ Claim

Kyle Rittenhouse said he wants a showdown with President Biden to put him right for branding the teen a “white supremacist.”

The 18-year-old cleared Kenosha gunman was asked by conservative commentator Glenn Beck in a nearly hour-long interview if the commander-in-chief had ever called him “to apologize.”

“He hasn’t,” Rittenhouse told Beck in his show on The Blaze.

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

MA Middle School Offers ‘Safe Spaces’ for ‘Students of Color’ to Process Rittenhouse, Arbery Verdicts

Following the verdicts of the Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmad Arbery cases last month, one Massachusetts middle school was revealed to have offered “safe spaces” for students, especially “students of color” to process the two case results.

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

Newly Elected NYC Mayor Condemns Christmas Tree Arsonist Suspect Being Let Go Without Bail

The purported arsonist who set the News Corp Christmas tree on fire being allowed to walk free amid his misdemeanor charges is a prime example of why judges need bail again, says New York City’s Eric Adams.

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

Pfizer 4th Dose to be Needed ‘Sooner Than Expected’: Pfizer CEO

On Wednesday, Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, said that we may need a fourth dose “sooner than expected,” depending on what is revealed by data in the wake of the Omicron variant of COVID 19.

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

Rittenhouse Responds to ASU Protestors: ‘I’M Going to Asu… in Person’

After demands from Arizona State University students that Kyle Rittenhouse — the now-18-year-old who was acquitted of all charges brought against him when he defended himself against rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin — be banned from going to ASU, Rittenhouse himself issued a simple response: “I’m going.”

In an interview with conservative commentator Steven Crowder, Rittenhouse touched on the “very, very small” ASU student protest against him, calling him a “white supremacist killer,” declaring that, despite the students opposition to him, he still plans to complete his undergraduate degree there.

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

Rumble Threatens Legal Action Against Odysee Over Recent Tweet

Video sharing platform Rumble has threatened legal action against blockchain-based video sharing platform Odysee over a recent tweet that accused Rumble of using bots to boost its traffic.

The December 8 tweet displayed a screenshot of Rumble and Odysee’s engagement metrics on web analytics service Similarweb and alleged that Rumble was using bots “to generate fake traffic in order to swindle investors.”

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

Senate Passes Measure Nullifying Biden’s Vaccine Mandate on Large Companies

The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that would block President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large private companies from taking place after two Democrats joined Republicans in backing the bill.

The joint resolution, brought by Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun, passed 52-48 with the support of Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana. It passed under the Congressional Review Act, a law that empowers the minority party in the Senate to force a vote of disapproval on a federal rule.

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

Ted Cruz: Vaccine Mandate is Illegal, Unconstitutional, And a ‘Grotesque Abuse of Power’

Texas Senator Ted Cruz slammed President Biden during an interview on FOX Business’ “Varney & Co” Thursday, arguing Biden’s vaccine mandates for private employers is a ‘grotesque abuse of power.’

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

Ted Cruz on Latest Texas Lawsuit: DOJ ‘Operates as a Partisan Arm to Target Red States’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to President Biden’s latest lawsuit against his home state by accusing the Department of Justice (DOJ) of functioning as a political tool for Democrats.

“I think it is impressive how quickly the Department of Justice has shifted operational control to the Democratic National Committee,” Cruz told Fox News on Tuesday.

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

TikTok Censored Pro-Kyle Rittenhouse Video for “Hate Speech”

TikTok censored a video showing support for Kyle Rittenhouse posted by a conservative students group. The video, posted by the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), discussed the efforts by “the collegiate woke mob” to get Rittenhouse expelled from Arizona State University.

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

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Reportedly Hosted $40k Ibram Kendi Event With Restricted Use of Recording

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is facing backlash after hosting a more than $40,000 event with controversial author Ibram Kendi and a contract agreeing to restrictions on how the recording could be distributed.

Kendi’s speaker bureau charged $30,000 for a “60-minute event conversation” and $5,000 for “60-minute professional development sessions on anti-racism with a group of UWM faculty and staff,” among other charges.

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

Video Shows Kindergarten Students Forced to Sit Outside on Buckets in Freezing Weather

Kindergarten students in Portland, Oregon were forced to sit outside eating lunch on buckets in the near-freezing cold while socially distanced from their classmates.

A video posted to Twitter shows the miserable scene, which was spotted by someone passing by Capitol Hill Elementary School.

The kids are forced to sit outside in 40 degree heat while separated from their friends, presumably as part of the school’s COVID-19 mitigation policy.

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

Video: Cruz Slams Biden Admin for ‘Funding Chinese Concentration Camps’

Senator Ted Cruz has accused the Biden administration of funding Chinese concentration camps, bowing to China’s use of slave labour and described Biden’s climate czar John Kerry as the Communist state’s “customer of the year.”

In an appearance on Fox news, Cruz noted “Joe Biden has shown weakness to China,” adding “I introduced an amendment on the floor of the Senate to prohibit the Biden administration from importing any goods, and in particular electric vehicles or solar panels, made with slave labor in concentration camps in China. Every single Democrat except Joe Manchin voted against that.”

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

Video: Rand Paul Blasts Fauci; “He Routinely Ignores Science, Causes Hysteria and Creates Fear”

Senator Rand Paul continued his ongoing feud with Anthony Fauci, accusing the Biden COVID czar of once again causing ‘hysteria’ over the mild new Omicron variant.

Appearing on Fox News, Paul said “Fauci routinely ignores the science and causes hysteria and creates fear. This is the opposite of what you really want as far as someone leading your public health effort.”

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

RCMP Charge Former Space Agency Employee for Allegedly Working for Chinese Company

A former employee of Canada’s space agency has been charged by the RCMP for allegedly working on behalf of a Chinese company, according to Global News.

The former employee has been charged with a breach of trust by a public official. Wanping Zheng, who is 61, was charged on Tuesday. Zheng is a resident of Montreal, Quebec.

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

Europe’s Liberal Press Claims ‘Fascists’ Met at Warsaw Summit

There is a joke making its way through Spain where a son says to his father, who is a journalist, “Dad, I cut my hand.” The father then asks, “Your left hand or the far right one?”

This dialogue perfectly encapsulates the everyday language of European journalism, which no longer is able to use the term “right” without adding an adjective such as “far”, “radical” or “fundamentalist” to the term. Interestingly, even in countries such as Spain, in which a communist party is in the ruling coalition, one never hears or reads about a “far-left” party.

Extremism is allegedly represented solely by the right and that is meant to be the case throughout all of Europe. Even better! When the author is unable to contain their disgust, they eagerly reach for the “F” label, much like Jan Zielonka who commented on the Warsaw Summit in an article for the Polish media outlet Rzeczpospolita.

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

French Conservatives Sack Vice President Over Support for Populist Zemmour

French conservative party Les Républicains has sacked its vice president Guillaume Peltier after he made sympathetic remarks about the presidential candidacy of the writer and pundit Eric Zemmour.

Peltier wrote on Twitter in response to the first campaign rally held by Zemmour over the weekend in Villepinte: “How could I remain unmoved by Eric Zennour’s speech for France?”

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

Irish Grandma Jailed Again After Being Found With No Mask

A 66-year-old Irish grandmother has once again been jailed after being found in a shop without a mask.

Margaret Buttimer was jailed on Monday over breaching bail terms, having been ordered to stay away from shops due to her refusal to wear a mask.

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

Italy: Doctors Can’t Refuse COVID Vaccine, Court Rules

Man’s ‘scientific doubts’ unproven says Council of State

(ANSA) — ROME, DEC 2 — The Council of State, Italy’s highest administrative court, on Thursday ruled that doctors cannot refuse the COVID vaccine.

With its verdict, the court rejected an appeal from an Abruzzo anti-vax doctor against his suspension for refusing to get the jab.

The man’s scientific doubts were “certainly not demonstrated,” said the court.

“Health staff, by law and still earlier according to the Hippocratic Oath are supposed to work in all ways to treat the sick and never increase the risk of contagion by the patient”, it ruled.

The judges reaffirmed the “primary right to health”.

They said there was a “clear prevalence” of scientific data showing the benefits of vaccines.

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Italy: Pandemic Has Heightened Irrationality Says CENSIS

5.9% Italians say COVID doesn’t exist,10.9% say vaccines useless

(ANSA) — ROME, DEC 3 — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted increasing irrationality among Italians and some three million of them do not think that COVID-19 exists, think tank CENSIS said in its 55th annual report on Friday.

“Irrationality is spreading like wildfire,” CENSIS said, stressing that the three million COVID deniers amounted to 5.9% of the adult population.

A further 10.9% think that vaccines are useless, the think tank said.

Some 5.8% of the population think that the world is flat.

“The irrational has infiltrated the social fabric,” CENSIS stressed.

“Alongside a reasonable and sane majority there is a wave of irrationality,” the report said, stessing that “the situation is unlikely to improve in the short term”.

“Society needs a concrete and robust project in order to recover from all this,” said the think tank.

The pandemic has also exacerbated poverty and increased vulnerability in Italy, said the researchers.

In 2020, it said, some two million Italian families were in absolute poverty, a rise of 104.8% on 2010 when there were 980,000.

The rise in poverty was sharper in the north, +131.4%, than in the centre (67.6%) and south (+93.8%), CENSIS said.

“The virus has also accentuated a sense of vulnerability,” the think tank added.

Some 40.3% of Italian feel insecure while students suffer increasing levels of depression, anxiety, and existential angst.

“From the psychological standpoint, the prolonged period of pandemic has provoked significant side effects.

Some 81” of school heads and university administrators have reported that students are suffering from “extreme malaise”, the report said.

Students’ scholastic performance has “worsened considerably as a result,” CENSIS saidn the report, citing the same sources.

“Italian society has mutated and has gone through crises and emergencies with the continual intertwining of emerged and submerged realities, both daily and long term.

“Today this is no longer enough.

Continual adaptation is no longer enough, and our overall institutional system must rethink itself.

“We are faced with a society that will only be able to recover via a project and not by spontaneous evolution.” CENSIS said it was now time for “a serious programme, structural reforms, and public intervention with courageous choices”.

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New German Interior Minister Says Country’s Biggest Threat is Right-Wing Extremism

German Interior Minister-designate Nancy Faeser of the left-wing Social Democrats (SPD) has announced that she will focus the ministry’s work on combating right-wing extremism, which she labeled as the country’s top threat despite the prevalence of migrant crime and the threat of Islamic terrorism.

[Comment: Germans voted for this. As H.L. Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”]

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Norwegian Churches Go Cold Amid High Electricity Prices

Churches across Norway say their electricity budget has already been spent, which may leave some of them ice-cold during Christmas time, the Christian newspaper Dagen reported.

About 90 percent of Norwegian churches have electric heating — and a lot of space to heat. Pressed for funds amid a spike in electricity prices, they’re keeping some church rooms cold to save money.

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One Million Britons Sign Up to Christmas Rave at Downing Street

Britons have reacted to the government’s alleged lockdown hypocrisy revealed in recent days in their own inimitable way, with over one million people now having responded to an invitation for a Christmas rave at the Prime Minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street.

Revelations of an alleged lockdown-busting Christmas party that was said to have taken place at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Downing Street in December 2020 that emerged this week triggered a satirical response, with a DJ promoting another — much larger — party at the same venue.

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

Over 900 Fines Handed Out on First Day of Italian ‘Super Green Pass’ And Restrictions on Public Transport

Italian authorities handed out over 900 fines to violators of the country’s covid pass systems, including the “Super Green Pass”, a stricter version of the Green Pass coronavirus passport.

Monday saw the introduction of the Super Green Pass, which requires recovery from the Chinese virus or full vaccination to enter venues like restaurants. Monday also saw tighter restrictions for accessing public transport, with travellers needing the Green Pass, rolled out earlier this year, which indicates proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test.

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PM Orban Writes Farewell to Merkel in German Newspaper

On the day Social-Democrat politician Olaf Scholz was elected chancellor of Germany, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban published a farewell article in tabloid Bild Zeitung, a farewell from Chancellor Merkel, after whose departure from politics Orban becomes the longest-serving prime minister of the European Union.

The article, entitled “The migration crisis of 2015 broke our unity”, is largely the same as Orban’s Samizdat 14 one, published on the prime minister’s homepage a few days ago, in which he wrote:

“The loyal and disciplined Germans, the rebellious and reckless Hungarians, stood together for a common goal: a Europe in which all nations can feel at home.

And then the rupture, or rather fracture of the 2015 migratory invasion — the kind of injury from which an athlete’s movement will no longer be what it once was. He rehabilitates, he tries, he struggles, but more out of honor than anything else. He knows, and after a while he admits, he can’t get his old form back.”

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PM Orban: Germany’s New Left-Wing Government is ‘Driving Towards a Migration-and-Gender Friendly Policy’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban may have rejected former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on the 2015 migrant crisis, but he and other Central European conservatives now fear Germany’s new left-wing government is set to rapidly implement a progressive agenda and centralize power in Brussels away from nation states.

“The new left-liberal federal government is moving away from Helmut Kohl’s concept of Europe of fatherlands and is driving towards a migration— and gender-friendly policy that is German-influenced and centralized from Brussels. We are no longer standing side by side,” Orban wrote in an article for the German tabloid Bild Hungarian prime minister.

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Poland: COVID-19 Pandemic Led to Dramatic Drop in Marriages and Catholic Rites

New data shows the dramatic affect the pandemic had on the operations of the Catholic Church in Poland.

In 2020, 312,000 people were baptized, which was a 16.3 percent decrease compared to 2019. Another 252,300 people took the sacrament of confirmation (a 34-percent decrease) and the number of marriages in 2020 was only 91,500 (26.8 percent less than in 2019), according to the Catholic Church Statistics Institute’s (ISKK) statistical yearbook.

The ISKK also admitted that the coronavirus pandemic had restricted pastoral activity and the scale of performing sacraments.

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Report: Anti-Christian Hate Crimes in Europe Jump by 70% in One Year

ROME — A Christian persecution watchdog group released a major report this week chronicling a disturbing spike in anti-Christian hate crimes in Europe.

The Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance against Christians in Europe (OIDAC) revealed that hate crimes targeting Christians in Europe rose by a startling 70 percent between 2019 and 2020, with the highest frequency occurring in France and Germany.

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Scottish Tory Leader: BoJo Must Go if He Misled Parliament, No Evidence Vax Passports Work

The leader of the Scottish wing of the Conservative Party has spoken out against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on vaccine passports and said he should go if he misled Parliament about an alleged lockdown-breaking Christmas party at Downing Street.

“If the Prime Minister knew about this party last December, knew about this party last week, and was still denying it, then that is the most serious allegation,” said Douglas Ross, who leads the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, or Scottish Tories, of the alleged party, said to have been thrown at Downing Street at a time when Christmas gatherings were largely banned for ordinary Londoners and much of the rest of England.

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Segregation: Austria to Keep Unvaccinated Locked Down as Jabbed Given ‘Freedom’ Date

New Chancellor Karl Nehammer has set an end date for the general lockdown in Austria for December 12th, but it will only apply to those considered to be fully vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus.

Chancellor Nehammer gave his first press conference as Austrian government leader on Tuesday, stating that vaccinated people would be given freedom on December 12th, while unvaccinated people would remain under strict lockdown measures.

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Sweden and Germany: No Deaths in Children Due to COVID

The decision by parents to vaccinate their child against Covid is really a question of risk management. Parents must seriously consider that Covid-19 is a less dangerous illness for children than influenza. It has shown to be so and quite stably near 20 months now.

Children do not readily acquire this pathogen, spread to other children, spread to adults, take it home, get severely ill, or die from it. It is that simple. We know children tend not to transmit Covid-19 virus and that the concept of asymptomatic spread has been questioned severely, particularly for children.

Children, if infected, just do not spread Covid-19 to others readily, either to other children, other adults in their families or otherwise, nor to their teachers. This was demonstrated elegantly in a study performed in the French Alps. The pediatric literature is clear science on this. Overwhelming data shows that the SARS-CoV-2-associated burden of severe disease or death in children and adolescents is very low (statistically zero).

Swedish data by Ludvigsson reported on the 1,951,905 children in Sweden (as of December 31, 2020) who were 1 to 16 years of age who attended school with largely no lockdowns or masks. They found zero (0) deaths.

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‘The World Without Angela Merkel Will be Worse’ Says Former Czech President Klaus

Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus said he appreciated the political career of the former German Chancellor Angela Merkel despite their mutual disagreements. He said that politics without her personality would be in a worse state.

“She was a reliable guarantee of order and predictable politics,” wrote Klaus about Merkel’s departure.

He concluded that “without Angela Merkel, it will get worse.”

Klaus, who has criticized Merkel’s stance on migration in the past, is also undoubtedly looking to Germany’s incoming left-wing government and a number of its radical proposals.

[Comment: Klaus is wrong. We can do better than Merkel.]

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UK Health Secretary Says ‘Unethical’ Mandatory Vaccination ‘Will Not Work’

The UK health secretary has stated that he has ‘no interest’ in legislating for mandatory COVID vaccinations, describing such a policy as ‘unethical’.

In an interview with the BBC, Sajid Javid said “My view is that it’s unethical and also at a practical level it wouldn’t work.”

Javid added, “If you’re asking me about universal mandatory vaccination, as some countries in Europe have said they will do, at a practical level I just don’t think it would work. Getting vaccinated has to be a positive choice.”

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UK Now Investigating Three Alleged Lockdown-Busting Downing Street Christmas Parties

LONDON (AP) — The British government confirmed Thursday that an inquiry into an alleged lockdown-breaching Christmas party at the offices of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson nearly a year ago will also look at two prior gatherings involving government officials.

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UK: Conservatives Rebel Over BoJo’s Vax Mandate ‘Political Suicide’

Rebellion is brewing within the UK Conservatives after Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted at the possibility of mandatory vaccination, a move that has been called “political suicide” by the chairman of the country’s oldest conservative think tank and which comes at the same time as a major and growing scandal surrounding lockdown-busting Christmas parties allegedly held at the PM’s official residence.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion: Paralympian James Brown Appeals Plane Glue Stunt Jail Term

A former Paralympic champion who was jailed for gluing himself to the roof of a plane during an Extinction Rebellion protest has begun an appeal.

James Brown, who is visually impaired, climbed on to the British Airways plane at London City Airport in October 2019.

The 57-year-old glued his right hand to the Amsterdam-bound plane, wedging his phone in the door so it wouldn’t close.

He was jailed in September for 12 months after being convicted of causing a public nuisance at an earlier trial.

Lawyers representing Brown have since challenged his conviction and sentence at a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

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UK’s Reform Party Leader Richard Tice Pushes Back on Vaccine Passports

The leader of the UK’s Reform Party has pushed back against the government’s announcement of vaccine passports in England.

“Across the nation, people are erupting with fury at what this Prime Minister is doing to our country. I will not use a vaccine passport. The evidence is clear. They don’t work; just look at Germany,” the former MEP said in a video statement.

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Valérie Pécresse: Part-Thatcher, Part-Merkel and Wants to Run France

France’s traditional right-wing Republicans party is preparing to fight for its life in the presidential election next spring. Its surprise choice of Valérie Pécresse as candidate has boosted the party, with a new opinion poll suggesting she could beat Emmanuel Macron to become France’s first female president.

You know you’re making headway as a female politician when people start analysing your clothes.

For Valérie Pécresse, it began with a red jacket, worn for her victory speech after winning the nomination for Les Républicains.

One daily newspaper even asked fashion historians to decrypt it.

“This red jacket was chosen to distinguish her from the crowd,” one said. “It’s the colour of power.”

Another described it as evoking “warrior spirit [and] blood”.

Just a few days later, a poll by Elabe suggested that, if the election were held today, Valérie Pécresse would beat President Macron in a run-off vote by 52% to 48%.

[Comment: Being part-Thatcher is good, being part-Merkel is not so good.]

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Booster Shot Reduces Risk of Death by 90 Percent

An Israeli study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that a third dose (booster) of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine reduces the risk of COVID-related death by 90 percent.

The study was conducted by the Clalit Health Services Health Maintenance Organization, together with the Maximizing Health Outcomes Research Lab at Sapir College in Sderot and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva.

The study, which was conducted on people aged 50 and older, followed up on clients from all HMOs who received the second dose of the vaccine at least five months earlier, and compared the fatality rates from COVID-19 among the group that received the booster shot to the group that did not.[…]

[A pure propaganda piece — no real figures and quoting a relative risk rather than a real risk, if we ever get to see the real study, we will find we are comparing tiny fractions of the groups which are statistically insignificant the nejm article is here-https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa2115624?articleTools=true of 850,000 participants 100,000 were in the non booster group,-”The adjusted hazard ratio for death due to Covid-19 in the booster group, as compared with the nonbooster group, was 0.10 (95% confidence interval, 0.07 to 0.14; P<0.001).” i.e. a miniscule difference.amplified by quoting relative risk]

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Health Chief: At Least 7 Boosters to be Fully Vaxxed

A top Israeli health official has warned that it will take at least 7 booster shots for people to be considered fully vaccinated and be able to live their lives without massive restrictions.

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China Committed Genocide Against Uyghurs, Independent Tribunal Rules

China has committed genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, an unofficial UK-based tribunal has found.

The Uyghur Tribunal cited birth control and sterilisation measures allegedly carried out by the state against the Uyghurs as the primary reason for reaching its conclusion on Thursday.

Sir Geoffrey Nice, a prominent British barrister who chaired the tribunal hearings, said its panel was satisfied China had carried out “a deliberate, systematic and concerted policy” to bring about “long-term reduction of Uyghur and other ethnic minority populations”. He added that the panel believed senior officials including the Chinese president Xi Jinping bore “primary responsibility” for the abuses against Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.

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S. Korea Parents Protest Over Student Vaccine Pass Mandate

SEOUL, Dec 9 (Reuters) — Several parents associations in South Korea held protests on Thursday against a vaccine pass mandate for children aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 among teenagers.

From February, those aged 12 or older will have to show a vaccine pass to enter public spaces, including private tuition centres, libraries and study cafes. The exemption age is scurrently 17 years. read more

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New Zealand Announces Plan to Ban Smoking for Future Generations by 2025

The government of New Zealand is working hard to ensure that it will soon be legally impossible for Kiwis to purchase and use tobacco products.

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Oversight Board Reverses Instagram Censorship of Ayahuasca Post

The Oversight Board has overturned a decision by Meta to remove a post discussing a traditional non-medical drug used in Brazil, ayahuasca. The board ordered the post to be reinstated.

In July, a spiritual school in Brazil posted about ayahuasca on its Instagram account. Ayahuasca is a plant-based brew containing psychoactive properties that is used for religious and traditional ceremonies by indegenous tribes in Brazil.

The post was flagged for review by Instagram’s automated moderation systems. A human review removed it.

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France: Two Female Police Officers Slashed by African Migrant ‘Ninja’ Armed With Katana

On Dec. 2, two female police officers were attacked by an individual armed with a katana sword in Cherbourg in the northwestern part of France. The two officers sustained minor head injuries, but the assailant, shot by a third officer on scene, was transported to a local hospital.

The 36-years-old Senegalese assailant, whose name is Papa M’B., stole a vehicle while threatening its driver with his sword before crashing into a car near the roundabout, a police source said.

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Lithuania to Give $1,130 to Migrants Who Return Home Voluntarily

Migrants that decide to return to their country will receive 1,000 euros ($1,130) from Lithuania, as the Baltic state struggles to repatriate thousands who crossed into the EU member from Belarus.

Each migrant who voluntarily opts to go back to their country of origin will now receive 1,000 euros instead of just 300 from state border guards, along with a plane ticket home, the interior ministry said.

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Orban, Estonian President Discuss EU Border Protection

At a meeting between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Latvian President Egils Levits in Budapest on Wednesday, both politicians emphasized the importance of the EU’s external border protection and the need for Brussels to provide adequate financial assistance to the member states

Orban assured Levits of Hungary’s continued support in the fight against illegal migration, Orban’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi told national news agency MTI.

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Polish Defense Ministry: Belarusian Intelligence Services Instructing Migrants on How to Illegally Cross Border

The migration crisis initiated by Belarus on the Polish-Belarusian border continues, with the Polish Border Guard recording 51 attempts to illegally cross the border on Tuesday and 80 on Wednesday.

The officers issued 29 deportation decisions for migrants to leave Polish territory. The Border Guard also reported that a group of 35 mostly Iraqi citizens tried to force their way past the border and were all detained.

The spokesperson of the minister-special services coordinator, Stanislaw Zaryn, stated that Polish soldiers had found a notebook in the area in the area in which the migrants crossed the border with incriminating information.

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UK Deploys Another 140 Troops to Poland and Lithuania to Bolster Forces at Border With Belarus Amid Tensions Over Migrant Crisis and Increase in Russian Troops Near Ukraine

The UK is to deploy additional troops in Eastern Europe amid tension in Belarus after thousands of migrants converged on the country’s borders in the hope of entering the EU.

The Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday that 140 military engineers will be sent to Poland, adding to an existing team of 150 that are already based in the country. A separate team of reconnaissance specialists will also be sent to Lithuania.

‘Poland and Lithuania, along with their Baltic neighbour Latvia, have been under significant pressure from migration originating from Belarus and facilitated by the Lukashenko regime for a number of months,’ the MoD said.

[Comment: I’d like to see Great Britain bolster its own border.]

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US Customs and Border Patrol Agents to Undergo ‘Woke’ Training in the Middle of Southern Border Crisis

The US Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agency on Friday will host a training session designed to highlight “the impact of stereotypes and unconscious biases” in the exercise of their duties.

The session is said to consist of dialog between a senior official with the agency and an “expert in gender bias” by the name of Susan Fleming.

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Living the Meme

Our current reality resembles what the creators of Black Mirror would come up with if they re-made Groundhog Day.

It’s the same drain-circling scam over and over again.

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Secret Twitter Program Fast-Tracks Elite Users’ Takedown Demands

Facebook was recently raked over the coals by a former employee for having policies that give preferential treatment and protect high profile users only, but now it seems this is not such a rare occurrence among social media giants.

Take Twitter, for example, which just got exposed for running a secret program designed to give priority to its most prominent users, and protect them from what is perceived as attacks by “trolls and bullies.”

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Telegram Introduces New Privacy Features and More

In its latest update, instant messaging platform Telegram has introduced more privacy-focused features. Users can now prevent others from saving or sharing content in public groups or channels, post anonymously using their channels or groups instead of personal accounts, delete messages by date, and automatically get logged out of connected devices.

Telegram has given users more control of their digital footprint by allowing them to delete messages from any one-on-one chat by date, or date range.

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12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/9/2021

  1. “The government of New Zealand is working hard to ensure that it will soon be legally impossible for Kiwis to purchase and use tobacco products.”

    Wow! All the drug smugglers are rejoicing! Another income stream in their portfolio!

    Some days I think I died and went to Stupid People Hell.

    • When the federal government tied highway funds to raising the drinking age to 21 (Frank Lautenberg), street drug use and binge drinking skyrocketed…..as planned.

    • Excellent point. New Zealand is going to create a black market, in this case, for cigarettes.

      The US had prohibition of alcohol. That didn’t work out well.

      • Tobacco is even easier to smuggle that alcohol.
        And it can be easily grown.
        I almost wish I could get in on the ground floor of a smuggling or illicit growing operation.

  2. I do not like the ROC, like other Abrahamic religions, but in my opinion this mockery is disgusting. Um … has she tried the same with Islam?
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    An exhibition of “pornographic icons” opens in Berlin, the Berlin-German Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church expresses its protest

    The Berlin-German Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, that is, the branch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Germany, sent an open letter to the mayor of the city of Offenbach, Felix Schwenke, in which it demanded to ban the exhibition of the artist Christina Metzner. The exhibition in question is called “Pornographic Serial” and depicts Orthodox icons with pornographic elements.

    The exhibition in the city of Offenbach presents exact copies of Orthodox icons with the addition of images of genitals and scenes of intimacy. The mayor refused to close the exhibition, explaining this by “secular, freedom-loving democracy, in which any art has the right to exist.”

    https://www.9tv.co.il/item/37310

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIcxKTeM-G4

    The incident took place on Thursday evening, December 9, on Vozdvizhenka Street in the center of Moscow (right next to the Kremlin walls)

    A completely naked man beat the driver and tried to take away his jacket and steal his car. The police promptly arrived at the scene. They detained the intruder. His motives are being investigated.
    https://moskvichi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/a8ktekt_0s8.jpg

    https://moskvichi.net/v-centre-moskvy-golyj-muzhchina-pytalsja-ugnat-pravitelstvennyj-avtomobil/

    He probably felt like a Terminator.
    Now Muslim Asian migrants have a new nickname in Russia. They are called Masturbeks.
    Masturbek is a real Turkic name. The ending “-bek” is very common among people from Kyrgyzstan.

  4. That rug Merkel deserve nothing but prison time !! , she betrayed own country and people, I guess it doesn’t matter dose it, since worse government is in power now !, all communism, very very bad , Greens , SPD , and FDP not even better, and We are talking about Merkel !!!, Gute Nacht Deutschland..

  5. The rise in food prices in China is also linked to the cost of urea made from natural gas. China has stopped exports of urea to keep food prices down in China and the result is we will be short of urea so short of food and diesel trucks will stop as there is no Abdul to add to the diesel so the trucks will freeze. Australia is due to run out of Adblue in mid Jan leading to shortages of everything! Costs will also rise. Urea is used as an input to most food stuffs,even as fertiliser for grass to fatten beef cows. No product will be unaffected. The government has set up a task force and a former Trump adviser is included. Andrew Leveris

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