Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/12/2022

Italy is now requiring that anyone who takes public transport show proof of vaccination. Meanwhile, the EMA (European Medicines Agency) warned that repeated booster injections could cause immune response problems in those who receive them.

In other news, three police officers in northern France were wounded by a man who attacked them while shouting “Allahu Akhbar”.

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Financial Crisis
» Inflation Increases 7% Over Past Year, Highest in Nearly 40 Years
» Poland Introduces Anti-Inflation Shield, Lowers VAT for Food, Fuel and Energy
» World Bank Forecasts 5% Hungary Growth in 2022
 
USA
» Alan Dershowitz Reportedly Lobbied Trump to Pardon Ghislaine Maxwell Before Trial
» Biden Approval Rating in Quinnipiac Poll Drops Again — to 33 Percent
» Breaking: WA State Refused Assistance to Clear Snow From Roadways Due to County Not Mandating Vaccines for Their Employees
» Brookline to Require Proof of COVID Vaccine at Many Businesses; Violators Could Face $300 Fine
» Cannabis Compounds Prevent COVID From Entering Human Cells: Study
» Critical Race Theory, COVID Policies in Virginia Spark Huge Jump in Homeschooling
» Deaths of Despair in 2020 Exceed Those From COVID in Washington State
» Education Secretary Cardona Solicited National School Board’s ‘Domestic Terrorists’ Letter, Report
» Former Portland Police Officer Unleashes on Failed City Leadership in Scathing Letter
» Good Morning America Edited CDC Director’s Comments to Strip Context About Comorbidities
» NEA Hid Votes on ‘White Fragility,’ Black Lives Matter, Reparations Amid New Scrutiny
» New York Requires Children Ages 12 and Up to Get Booster Shots to Play School Sports
» North Carolina City Stops Race-Based Scholarship and Grant in Judicial Watch Lawsuit Settlement
» Police: Providence Store Clerk Fires Gun at Robber; Suspect Stabs Customer
» Report: Loudoun County Rapist Placed on Sex Offender Registry for Life
» Rumble Announces Record Growth
» Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Prince Andrew Can Go Forward: Judge
» Some Cook County Illinois Cities Push Back Against Vaccine Passports for Kids
» US Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Pelosi-Style Stock Trading in Congress
» Video: Fauci Accuses Rand Paul of Using COVID for Political Gain and ‘Kindling the Crazies’
» Video: Virginia Kids Made to Sit Outside on Concrete in Freezing Cold for ‘Mask and Snack Break’
» Video: Biden Calls Kamala Harris ‘President’ Again
» Washington DC to Combine Photo ID With Vaccine Passport Scheme
» Waukesha Parade Attack Suspect Darrell Brooks Facing 71 New Charges
» Xbox Boss Phil Spencer: If You’re Banned on One Platform, You Should be Banned Across All Platforms
 
Canada
» COVID-19: $25k in Fines Issued in Saskatchewan for Public Health Violations
» Dozens of COVID-19 Fines Possible After Police Bust Illegal Hockey Game at Laval Arena
» Petition for Trudeau to Resign Reaches Over 200,000 Signatures
» Ronald McDonald House Allegedly Set to Evict 4-Year-Old Leukemia Patient and Family for Being Unvaccinated
» Winnipeg Burger Joint Could be Fined Up to $1m for Repeatedly Breaking COVID-19 Rules
 
Europe and the EU
» A Date for Hungary’s Upcoming Election Has Been Set
» Anti-Vaccine Protesters Try to Storm Bulgarian Parliament After Rally
» Cyprus: Police Report 20 Citizens and 7 Establishment Owners for Violation of COVID-19 Measures
» Czech PM Visits Slovakia to Discuss Energy Crisis, Security and the Role Visegrad Group Can Play in Europe
» EU Prepping Large-Scale Cyber Drills Amid Supply Chain Jitters — Report
» European Medicines Agency Warns Endless Booster Shots Could Cause “Immune Response” Problems
» Germany: New Record Set for Monday Walks Against Forced Vaccination
» Hungary’s 2021 Population Decline Estimated to be Highest Since WWII
» Italy: Leader of Turin Youth Gang Caught
» Italy: Mandate Has Spurred 40,000 Over 50 Anti-Vaxxers to Get Jab
» Italy: Two Detained Over Milan Duomo New Year Sexual Assaults
» Italy Bans Unvaccinated From All Public Transport Under New Rules
» Nasal Spray Could Protect Against All COVID-19 Variants for 8 Hours: Study
» Police Ask Austrian Minister to Oppose Compulsory Vax in Open Letter
» Portugal Authorities Fine Over 2,200 Travellers for Failing to Present COVID-19 Test Result
» Spain’s Prime Minister Calls for Treating COVID as an ‘Endemic Illness’
» Swiss Secret Service Warns Against Chinese Technical Support for Swiss Public Television
» Three French Police Injured After Attack by “Allahu Akbar’ Yelling Man
» UK: “Paedos & Propaganda”: Man Attacks BBC Statue Sculpted by Child Molester
» UK: Inside the Downing Street Lockdown Party: How Carrie Johnson ‘Enjoyed Drink With Friend’, Boris Wandered Round Gladhanding People, Official Joked About Risk of Being Filmed by a Drone… and No10 Staff Complained About the Mess Left in Garden
» UK: Trial Date Set for Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion Who Smashed Window of Bank
» YouTube Must Restore Banned Political Channel Axis of Good, German Court Rules
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Top Immunologist Slams Global Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
 
Australia — Pacific
» $1,000 Fines for Not Registering Positive Rapid COVID Result
» Now Another State Follows NSW’s Lead With $1000 Fines for Residents Who Don’t Report Positive COVID Rat Tests
 
Immigration
» 85 Per Cent of Sweden’s Fatal Shooting Suspects Come From Foreign Backgrounds
» Afghan Migrant Who ‘Drugged, Raped and Murdered 13-Year-Old Girl’ Then Crossed the Channel Will be Extradited to Austria to Stand Trial as British Court Rejects His Bid to Remain in the UK
» Criminal Migrants Wreaking Havoc in French Coastal Town
» Cyprus Spent Over €39 Million in 2021 on Irregular Migrants
» Fatal Shootings Reach Record High in Sweden Last Year as Police Fail to Control Migrant Gangs
» German Left-Wing Minister Calls for Greater Mass Immigration to Feed Labor Demands of Big Business
» Illegal Migrants Pelt Police With Rocks at Serbia Border
» Migration Controls Must Remain a National Competence, Insists Hungary
» Polish Border Guard Warns of Incoming Influx in Illegal Border Crossings
 
Culture Wars
» Financial Times: ‘Psy-Ops’ Are ‘Crucial Weapon’ Against ‘Disinformation’
 

Inflation Increases 7% Over Past Year, Highest in Nearly 40 Years

The Consumer Price Index over the past 12 months increased 7%, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

The index show inflation, what U.S. consumers pay for goods, increased at its fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years during December.

The CPI on a monthly basis increased 0.5%, according to the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Poland Introduces Anti-Inflation Shield, Lowers VAT for Food, Fuel and Energy

The VAT reductions are an element of the so-called anti-inflation shield 2.0 whose acceptance by the government was announced by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday. “The shield” foresees a total reduction of VAT for food, fertilizers and gas; a reduction to 5 percent for heating and a reduction down to 8 percent for fuels.

An amendment to the Value Added Tax law filed by Law and Justice (PiS) MPs has already reached parliament. According to the draft bill, the lower VAT rates are meant to be enacted between Feb. 1 and July 31, 2022.

Food and drinks, which currently have a 5 percent VAT, will drop down to zero.

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World Bank Forecasts 5% Hungary Growth in 2022

Hungary’s economy is forecast to grow by 5 percent this year, according to the World Bank, which raised its June projection of 4.7 percent.

Hungary’s finance ministry expects growth of 5.9 percent this year.

In its biannual Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank expects growth to slow to 4.3 percent in 2023.

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Alan Dershowitz Reportedly Lobbied Trump to Pardon Ghislaine Maxwell Before Trial

Former Jeffrey Epstein attorney Alan Dershowitz lobbied then-President Donald Trump to pardon madam Ghislaine Maxwell before she could face trial, according to a report.

The 83-year-old lawyer — himself long accused of having sex with one of late pedophile Epstein’s teen accusers — pushed for the pardon after UK media heiress Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 for the sex-trafficking crimes she was convicted of last month, the Times of London said.

The retired Harvard law professor was able to use his close ties to Trump, whom he also represented during his impeachment trial, the paper said.

One of the convicted madam’s brothers, Ian Maxwell, 65, confirmed to the UK paper that he had discussed the possibility of clemency with Dershowitz, who got Epstein his controversial wrist-slap 2008 plea deal on sex offenses with underage girls.

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

Biden Approval Rating in Quinnipiac Poll Drops Again — to 33 Percent

President Biden’s job approval rating has tumbled to 33 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, a whopping 17 percentage-point drop from February and an indication of American voters’ deep dissatisfaction over his administration’s response to rising inflation and a resurgence of COVID-19.

More than half of American adults (53 percent) disapprove of the job the president is doing, while 13 percent told the pollster they couldn’t offer an opinion.

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Breaking: WA State Refused Assistance to Clear Snow From Roadways Due to County Not Mandating Vaccines for Their Employees

On Wednesday, Kittitas County released a statement claiming that the Washington State Department of Transportation refused help to clear snow from roadways because the county does not mandate the COVID vaccine for their employees.

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Brookline to Require Proof of COVID Vaccine at Many Businesses; Violators Could Face $300 Fine

BROOKLINE (CBS) — The Town of Brookline will require proof of COVID vaccination to enter many businesses starting Saturday.

Proof will be required in sit-down restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues. The requirement does not apply to businesses offering takeout food only.

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Cannabis Compounds Prevent COVID From Entering Human Cells: Study

Certain cannabis compounds prevented COVID-19 from entering human cells in a study from Oregon State University, published Monday in the Journal of Natural Products and promulgated by the National Institutes of Health.

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Critical Race Theory, COVID Policies in Virginia Spark Huge Jump in Homeschooling

Homeschooling in Virginia has increased by nearly 40% since 2019, which has been partly fueled by the implementation of critical race theory in classrooms and the coronavirus.

“The children don’t belong to the state. I think parents really want to impart their own values to their children — their values and beliefs and their own worldview. And that is a major reason parents are home schooling,” Yvonne Bunn, director of government affairs for the Home Educators Association of Virginia, told the Virginia Mercury earlier this month.

There are currently about 62,000 homeschoolers in Virginia, according to Virginia Department of Education data. There were 44,226 homeschoolers in the state during the 2019/2020 school year, marking a more than 39% increase.

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Deaths of Despair in 2020 Exceed Those From COVID in Washington State

Data from the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention shows that fatalities from drug overdoses, alcohol use, and suicide spiked in 2020. In 2020, 3,900 Washingtonians died from drugs, alcohol, or suicide, whereas 3,300 died from COVID.

According to an analysis by The Seattle Times, in Washington state these approximately 3,900 deaths represent an increase of almost 600 deaths from those causes in 2019. Deaths attributed to COVID in 2020 were about 3,300.

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

Education Secretary Cardona Solicited National School Board’s ‘Domestic Terrorists’ Letter, Report

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona reportedly solicited the controversial letter from the National School Boards Association last fall that conflated the actions of discontent parents at local school board meetings to those of domestic terrorists.

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Former Portland Police Officer Unleashes on Failed City Leadership in Scathing Letter

A Portland police officer that recently retired from the Portland Police Bureau was outraged upon receipt of a letter from the department regarding their retire/rehire program and took the opportunity to respond with a scathing letter attacking the department’s failed leadership and policies.

“I’m fully aware that command really doesn’t care what I have to say, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say the things which I know my fellow officers still at the Bureau would say if they could,” former police officer Stephanie Hudson told The Post Millennial.

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Good Morning America Edited CDC Director’s Comments to Strip Context About Comorbidities

Good Morning America edited CDC director Rochelle Walensky’s comments on the percentage of COVID fatalities dying with comorbidities, a move that served to reduce the actual number.

As we highlighted yesterday, Walensky appeared to acknowledge that over 75% of COVID deaths were people “who had at least four comorbidities” and were “unwell to begin with.”

However, it has since emerged that she was talking about a CDC study of 1.2 million vaccinated people which found that out of the the small number of fatalities, 77.8% had four comorbidities.

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NEA Hid Votes on ‘White Fragility,’ Black Lives Matter, Reparations Amid New Scrutiny

Last summer, the nation’s largest teachers union scrubbed its website of newly approved resolutions approving funding for “critical race theory” promotion, “fight[ing] back against anti-CRT rhetoric,” and anti-racism training.

The scrubbing went further than previously known.

The National Education Association also memory-holed some recorded votes from its 2019 “representative assembly” (RA) two years later, shortly after its 2021 resolutions were drawing scrutiny.

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New York Requires Children Ages 12 and Up to Get Booster Shots to Play School Sports

At a time when New York City students are engaging in walkouts over COVID rules, New York’s Department of Health has stepped in to say kids are required to get their booster shot to be able to participate in after school activities.

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North Carolina City Stops Race-Based Scholarship and Grant in Judicial Watch Lawsuit Settlement

The city of Asheville, N.C., agreed to remove all race-based eligibility provisions from a city-funded scholarship program and grant in a settlement with conservative legal group Judicial Watch.

The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed in October 2021 in the North Carolina Western District Court on behalf of a state group, Citizens for Equality, Inc. High school student members of the organization were unable to receive an Asheville scholarship “only because they are not Black,” according to Judicial Watch.

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Police: Providence Store Clerk Fires Gun at Robber; Suspect Stabs Customer

PROVIDENCE — A convenience store clerk fired gunshots at a man who robbed the store and stabbed a customer Tuesday night, according to the Providence police.

The stabbing victim is in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital; area hospitals haven’t reporting any shooting victims, according to Cmdr. Thomas Verdi.

At about 11 p.m. Tuesday, the police went to the Broadway Express Mart at 306 Broadway for a reported stabbing, according to a report provided by Verdi.

The store clerk told the police that he fired several shots at a man who went behind the counter, showed a knife and demanded money.

As the suspect went to leave the store, a customer tried stopping him and the suspect stabbed him in the back and shoulder, according to the report.

Investigating officers found a trail of blood leading to the 33-year-old stabbing victim. The police also found a SIG Sauer pistol on the counter with a detached, loaded magazine and two spent shell casings, one on the counter and one on the floor…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Loudoun County Rapist Placed on Sex Offender Registry for Life

The Loudoun County student accused of raping a ninth-grade girl in a high school bathroom was reportedly sentenced to residential treatment Wednesday.

Loudoun Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Pamela Brooks pushed back the teen’s initial sentencing date to allow him to undergo a “psychosexual evaluation.” Brooks claimed the results of the evaluation “scared” her. The trial also uncovered that the rapist allegedly attacked a third girl, according to The Daily Wire.

“Over the years this court has read many psychosexual reports, and when I read yours, frankly, it scared me,” Brooks said. “It scared me for you, it scared me for society.”

The judge stated that she has never ordered juveniles to enter the sex offender registry, but made an exception for the Loudoun County teen.

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Rumble Announces Record Growth

On Tuesday, free speech video sharing platform Rumble announced that it had reached new highs in terms of user engagement in the week ending January 9, 2022.

According to a blog post by the company, it recorded the highest weekly video bandwidth consumption as well as the highest number of videos posted in a week.

These records come shortly after Dan Bongino’s Rumble channel reached 2 million subscribers (more than double the subscription on YouTube).

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Prince Andrew Can Go Forward: Judge

The sex-abuse lawsuit filed by a longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser against Prince Andrew can move forward to trial, a Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday.

In a 46-page decision, Judge Lewis Kaplan “denied in all respects” the royal’s numerous attempts to dismiss Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s suit against him.

Crucially, the judge insisted that Giuffre’s $500,000 settlement with Epstein was too “ambiguous” to cover Andrew — reasoning that the late pedophile likely had only been out to protect himself. The Duke of York had tried to aruge that the 2009 deal between Giuffre and Epstein shielded him from any liability stemming from her accusations.

The judge also dismissed the 61-year-old prince’s “meritless” suggestion that his accuser’s complaint needed to be “more definitive.”

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

Some Cook County Illinois Cities Push Back Against Vaccine Passports for Kids

Some cities in Cook County, Il, have expressed their opposition to a vaccine passport mandate affecting five-year-olds. The mayors in these cities and towns have said they will not implement the mandate.

Illinois’ largest county, Cook County, announced a vaccine passport mandate requiring all bars, restaurants, and fitness centers to “require any individual 5 years of age and older to show proof that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine in order to enter the establishment.”

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US Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Pelosi-Style Stock Trading in Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband could be forced to stop trading individual stocks as US Senators from both parties pushed legislation that would ban the practice.

Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill on Wednesday that that would ban members of Congress, their spouses and their dependent children from trading stocks while in office. They would be required to place their assets in a blind trust — and any member of Congress that fails to comply would be fined their entire salary.

“Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy and have extraordinary access to confidential information,” Ossoff said.

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Video: Fauci Accuses Rand Paul of Using COVID for Political Gain and ‘Kindling the Crazies’

Tuesday saw Senator Rand Paul and Anthony Fauci again lay into each other during a hearing, with the latter accusing Paul of using their previous exchanges and the COVID crisis for political gain.

Fauci brandished print outs from Paul’s website, claiming that the Senator was personally attacking him in order to raise campaign funds.

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Video: Virginia Kids Made to Sit Outside on Concrete in Freezing Cold for ‘Mask and Snack Break’

The Fairfax County Parents Association has posted video taken from this week showing school children being seated on the ground outside in the snow in what school officials have described as a ‘mask and snack break.’

The footage shows a teacher from Waynewood Elementary school close to Alexandria reading to the kids while they sit apart on the concrete.

The group noted that the temperature was ‘well below freezing’.

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Video: Biden Calls Kamala Harris ‘President’ Again

Joe Biden doesn’t know who the president is.

In a speech in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday, Biden stated that “Last week, President Harris and I stood in the United States Capitol,” again dredging up the events of January 6 2021, which Harris compared to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

Biden was reading it off a teleprompter. Why is he calling Harris ‘president’ AGAIN?

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Washington DC to Combine Photo ID With Vaccine Passport Scheme

The mayor of Washington DC has decided to introduce new Covid restriction to the US capital starting on January 15, when businesses and many venues will start asking for proof of vaccination and, on top, a picture ID as yet more proof — that their vaccine pass really belongs to them.

The new rules concerning ID verification will apply to everyone over 18 who wishes to enter a restaurant, bar, gym, movie theater, etc., and the mandate is being introduced by Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat. Bowser announced the more stringent measures back in December.

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Waukesha Parade Attack Suspect Darrell Brooks Facing 71 New Charges

MADISON, Wis. — A man accused of driving an SUV through a Wisconsin Christmas parade crashed into people head-on, ran them over as they lay on the ground and at one point leaned out his window to steer because someone had landed on his windshield and was blocking his view, prosecutors alleged Wednesday in a criminal complaint that levies dozens of new charges against him.

Darrell Brooks Jr. steered the Ford Escape for five blocks through the parade route in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Nov. 21, killing six people and injuring dozens more, according to the complaint. It cites police estimates that the SUV reached speeds of up to 25 mph and says some people landed on the hood, with Brooks carrying them along.

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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer: If You’re Banned on One Platform, You Should be Banned Across All Platforms

Xbox head Phil Spencer was this week interviewed by The New York Times about the industry as a whole and the position of Microsoft on various issues. One of the topics that was discussed was “harassment” in gaming communities.

The interviewer, Kara Swisher attempted to make a connection between anonymity and harassment and asked what steps gaming platforms had taken to make sure harassment is avoided.

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COVID-19: $25k in Fines Issued in Saskatchewan for Public Health Violations

Editor’s note: The province has issued a correction and apology over the listing of two churches and a business having received fines.

Five fines were handed out in Saskatchewan over a two-week period for alleged violations of provincial health orders.

Four summary offences, worth $2,800 each, were issued for mask violations:

  • Sweet Treats Candy Company, Moose Jaw
  • SKBuilt Gym, Regina
  • Whole Leaf Healing Tree, Regina
  • Kingdom Sound Academy, Swift Current

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Dozens of COVID-19 Fines Possible After Police Bust Illegal Hockey Game at Laval Arena

Dozens of people may face hefty fines after gathering to play hockey at an arena in Laval Sunday night.

Chakib Yahiaoui was walking his dog Sunday night at around 8 p.m. in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul district when something caught his eye at the Coliseé de Laval.

“There were lots of cars parked here outside,” he said.

He wasn’t the only one who noticed. Another citizen reported the suspected gathering to police.

“We received a call around 8 o’clock from someone who was saying that there were a lot of cars in the parking lot of Colisée de laval,” Laval Police spokesperson Stephanie Beshara told Global News.

On December 30, Premier François Legault announced indoor sports are not allowed to operate in Quebec for now, as the province tries to stem the tide of omicron.

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Petition for Trudeau to Resign Reaches Over 200,000 Signatures

A petition with the goal of reaching 1 million signatures to remove Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from office has reached over 20 percent of its goal.

The petition, started two weeks ago, now has 230,000 signatures.

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Ronald McDonald House Allegedly Set to Evict 4-Year-Old Leukemia Patient and Family for Being Unvaccinated

A 4-year-old leukemia patient and his family will allegedly be evicted from a Ronald McDonald house in Canada.

Austin Furgason claims in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday that his family will be evicted from the Ronald McDonald House in British Columbia if they do not become vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Winnipeg Burger Joint Could be Fined Up to $1m for Repeatedly Breaking COVID-19 Rules

A Winnipeg burger restaurant that has repeatedly broken public health orders is facing a new fine that could go as high as $1 million.

Monstrosity Burger on Corydon Avenue is facing an “information laid” charge for repeated offences under the Public Health Act.

The charge was laid in the week of Jan. 3 to 9, but was announced in a news release on Wednesday.

The province says the courts will determine the fine amount, but it could be as high as $1 million.

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A Date for Hungary’s Upcoming Election Has Been Set

The Hungarian general election will be held on April. 3, President Janos Áder announced on Tuesday.

It will be the ninth general election in Hungary since the regime change, with the Hungarian president confirming that the child protection referendum is due to be held on the same day.

Despite efforts by clandestine groups to stop the referendum, the Hungarian Constitutional Court has given the go ahead, dismissing the objections brought against it. Many are questioning why there is such fierce opposition to the referendum, especially from those who routinely claim Hungary is no democracy, given that a referendum represents democracy in arguably its purest form, and provides an opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions, especially on controversial issues.

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Anti-Vaccine Protesters Try to Storm Bulgarian Parliament After Rally

Violence erupted as protestors in Sofia, Bulgaria, tried to storm Parliament on January 12, 2022, in opposition to the country’s new COVID-19 restrictions.

Several people, including Bulgarian police officers, were injured when police stopped protesters from entering the building. Police were able to blockade the area and push back the protestors.

The protests, organized by a nationalist group, are in response to the government’s new mask and vaccine mandates and other pandemic-related restrictions.

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Cyprus: Police Report 20 Citizens and 7 Establishment Owners for Violation of COVID-19 Measures

Police reported 20 citizens and seven establishment owners in the last 24 hours during 2,055 checks for violation of COVID-19 measures.

A Police spokesperson told CNA that during 821 checks in Nicosia, seven citizens and six establishment owners were reported while in Limassol after 188 checks, six citizens and one establishment owner were fined.

In Larnaca, one citizen was reported after 389 checks, in Paphos from 132 checks three citizens were fined while in Famagusta during 237 checks three citizens were fined. No fines were given after 188 checks in the Morphou area and 100 checks by the Traffic police.

Two establishment owners were fined a total of 7 thousand euros for allowing employees to work without a safepass in Nicosia while another two establishment owners were fined 1.5 thousand euros each for non-use of protective masks.

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Czech PM Visits Slovakia to Discuss Energy Crisis, Security and the Role Visegrad Group Can Play in Europe

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala chose neighboring Slovakia for his first visit abroad in office, discussing at length with Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger the continuing role of the Visegrad Group, the upcoming Czech EU presidency and the ongoing energy crisis across Europe.

After the talks, the two national leaders reiterated their desire to return to the tradition of a joint meeting, with the coronavirus pandemic interrupting gatherings for the past two years.

“We agreed that we would like to continue this tradition at the turn of April and May,” said Heger.

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EU Prepping Large-Scale Cyber Drills Amid Supply Chain Jitters — Report

The European Union is preparing to kick off a month-and-a-half-long exercise this week, simulating cyberattacks on member states’ supply chains, Bloomberg reports, citing documents and sources said to be familiar with the plans.

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European Medicines Agency Warns Endless Booster Shots Could Cause “Immune Response” Problems

The European equivalent of the FDA is warning that relying on endless rounds of booster shots to fight COVID-19 could end up causing “immune response” problems.

The comments were made by Marco Cavaleri of the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA).

“There is an emergency discussion around the possibility of giving a second booster dose with the same vaccine currently in use. Data has not yet been generated to support this approach,” Cavaleri told a media briefing.

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Germany: New Record Set for Monday Walks Against Forced Vaccination

With 1 568 walks and demonstrations, more places in Germany took part in the Monday demonstrations than ever before. A week ago it was around 1500. And particularly noteworthy: More and more people who have been vaccinated are mingling with the critics of the measure.

An estimated 10 000 people took to the streets in Cologne, it was reported on Telegram. Three weeks ago there was “next to nothing going on,” said one participant. For news outlet Spiegel, who has called the protests a “mental plague”, this was certainly not good news.

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Hungary’s 2021 Population Decline Estimated to be Highest Since WWII

Not since the end of WWII (1945) has the Hungarian population declined as much as in 2021, nor have there been so many deaths either, Telex reports. Although the official year-end figures from Hungary’s Central Statistical Office (KSH) have not yet been released, it is clear from previously published data that more than 150,000 Hungarians died, which means the Hungarian population fell by nearly 60,000 last year.

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Italy: Leader of Turin Youth Gang Caught

Band has been robbing peers in university area for months

(ANSA) — ROME, JAN 12 — The suspected leader of a youth gang that has attacked and robbed peers in the centre of Turin over the last few months was arrested by police on Wednesday.

The Italo-Moroccan is said to be 20 years old and from the Ivrea area.

He has been charged with two robberies which could see him jailed for up to 20 years, police said.

Most of the gang’s robberies were carried out in the university district of the northern Italian city.

The youths, mostly teenagers, allegedly boasted about their exploits on Instagram.

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Italy: Mandate Has Spurred 40,000 Over 50 Anti-Vaxxers to Get Jab

Vaccine mandate for age group introduced Monday

(ANSA) — ROME, JAN 12 — Italy’s vaccine mandate for the over 50s has spurred over 40,000 anti-vaxxers to get the COVID-19 jab since it was introduced on Monday, figures showed Wednesday.

Over the last two days, some 41,500 Italian anti-vaxxers have had their first jab, they showed.

These included 19,000 on Monday and 22,500 Tuesday.

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Italy: Two Detained Over Milan Duomo New Year Sexual Assaults

Nine women reported being victims of gangs of youths

(ANSA) — ROME, JAN 12 — Two young men were detained on Wednesday on suspicion of being involved in the sexual assault of women in Milan’s Piazza Duomo on New Year’s Eve.

Nine women, including two German visitors, reported being victims of the attacks by gangs of youths in three separate incidents.

The case has echoes of one which occurred in Cologne in 2016.

On Tuesday police searched the homes of 18 people suspected of involvement to find evidence and, at the moment, 12 are under investigation.

The two suspects detained on Wednesday are a 21-year-old from Turin and an 18-year-old from Milan.

Milan Prosecutor Riccardo Targetti said the two are accused of “serious sexual violence” accompanied by “the robbery of cell phones and handbags”.

He said they had been detained because there was a danger of them trying to escape given the seriousness of the evidence against them.

Indeed, the pair were not present on Tuesday when their homes were searched.

They were allegedly involved in two of the three attacks.

Investigators said they found clothes matching those worn by assailants on New Year’s Eve at the homes of the suspects.

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Italy Bans Unvaccinated From All Public Transport Under New Rules

The Italian government has moved to ban unvaccinated people from public transport, outdoor dining, sports centres and more until at least March 31st of this year.

The Italian government is imposing further restrictions on the unvaccinated this week, requiring the country’s “Super Green Pass” health passport for access to public transit, which is only eligible to those fully vaccinated or those recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus, compared to the regular Green Pass which allows unvaccinated people to qualify temporarily by presenting a negative coronavirus test.

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Nasal Spray Could Protect Against All COVID-19 Variants for 8 Hours: Study

A new experimental nasal spray could prevent people from getting infected with COVID-19 for up to eight hours, according to a study.

The promising treatment has shown it can block infection from the virus in lab studies with mice, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

“This technology is cheap and highly manufacturable, and the inhibitor works equally well against all variants,” study author Kalle Saksela told Gizmodo.

“It works also against the now-extinct SARS virus, so it might well also serve as an emergency measure against possible new coronaviruses.”

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Police Ask Austrian Minister to Oppose Compulsory Vax in Open Letter

An open letter on behalf of hundreds of police officers in Austria has asked the nation’s Interior Minister to oppose compulsory vaccination.

Austria’s Interior Minister, Gerhard Karner, has been asked in an open letter penned on behalf of a group of officers to oppose compulsory vaccination.

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Portugal Authorities Fine Over 2,200 Travellers for Failing to Present COVID-19 Test Result

Over 2,200 travellers who failed to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test upon their arrival in Portugal have been fined by the latter’s authorities between January 1 and January 10, according to the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI).

Based on the report published by Lusa, a total of 41 airlines were also fined for permitting the entry of these travellers without holding a negative result of the Coronavirus test at first, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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Spain’s Prime Minister Calls for Treating COVID as an ‘Endemic Illness’

Spanish leader Pedro Sanchez has insisted it is time to start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic illness” like the flu.

“It’s a necessary debate. Science has given us the answer to protect ourselves,” the 49-year-old prime minister told radio station Cadena Ser on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

Sanchez cited the plunging death rate amid surging infections as proof that the threat “is not what we faced a year ago.”

He argued that it is time to stop recording every infection and testing everyone with symptoms, and instead start monitoring it more like a less deadly flu-like endemic illness.

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Swiss Secret Service Warns Against Chinese Technical Support for Swiss Public Television

The Swiss radio and television broadcaster (SRF) cannot get its technical problems under control and therefore had to call in help from China. This has become an explosive matter in view of the danger of espionage, military sources said.

It has been a never-ending series of technical breakdowns on Swiss television. A year ago it became known that repairs to SRF studios cost huge sums of money. “SRF breakdowns in studios cost the fee payers 400 000 francs per month,” was the headline of the Watson portal. The new studios started operations in 2019 but staff have not been brought up to speed with the equipment: “With the new studios, Swiss television is relying on a technology that has hardly been tested and has not yet worked.”

Now, a year later, things took a turn for the worse: The technology in question still doesn’t work. Millions more were spent on technicians being called in to solve the problems, but without success. SRF now has to use “Chinese specialists”, reported 20 Minuten, citing the Aargauer Zeitung.

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Three French Police Injured After Attack by “Allahu Akbar’ Yelling Man

Three police officers in the northern French commune of Valenciennes were injured after being attacked by a man who was shouting “Allahu Akbar” on Monday afternoon.

The man was spotted on the streets of the commune in the afternoon by witnesses who called the police after the man, who was driving a vehicle at the time along the Quai des Mines, was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar!” and “Allah is here, you will die!”

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UK: “Paedos & Propaganda”: Man Attacks BBC Statue Sculpted by Child Molester

A man scaled the facade of a statue that was sculpted by a child molester outside BBC headquarters in London, defacing it with the words “paedos and propaganda.”

A protester carrying a hammer used an ordinary ladder to reach the monument, which was erected in 1933 by artist Eric Gill, who in 1989 was revealed to have sexually abused his daughters, sister and family dog.

As he chipped away at the statue, the man told police the statue should have been removed “decades ago.”

The man was subsequently arrested after a four hour standoff, with a crane being used to remove him from the 10 foot statue, which represents The Tempest character Ariel as a naked young boy.

“Gill’s statue has garnered controversy since its installation 88 years ago, when critics voiced concern over the size of the boy’s genitalia — prompting the tabling of a question in the House of Commons,” reports the Telegraph.

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UK: Inside the Downing Street Lockdown Party: How Carrie Johnson ‘Enjoyed Drink With Friend’, Boris Wandered Round Gladhanding People, Official Joked About Risk of Being Filmed by a Drone… and No10 Staff Complained About the Mess Left in Garden

Carrie Johnson shared a drink with a close friend at the illegal Downing Street garden party where 40 people — including the Prime Minister — washed down sausage rolls and posh crisps with wine and gin while some guests feared being filmed breaking lockdown from the sky.

As 66million Britons were banned from meeting more than one person, the Prime Minister’s wife was said to have been deep in conversation with guest Henry Newman, a former protégé of Michael Gove who worked on Dominic Cummings’ Vote Leave campaign in the run-up to the Brexit referendum.

Boris Johnson and Carrie attended the event and mingled with the 40-or-so officials and advisers boozing when parties were banned. One person who attended told The Times that Johnson was ‘wandering round gladhanding people’ on May 20, 2020, at the height of the first lockdown.

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UK: Trial Date Set for Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion Who Smashed Window of Bank

The trial of Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook on a charge of smashing a Barclays Bank window in Stroud last year is to be held at the end of April, magistrates ruled on Tuesday (January 11).

Environmental activist Dr Bradbrook, 49, of Farmhill Lane, Stroud, was granted bail pending the April 28 trial — on condition she does not go to the bank in question.

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YouTube Must Restore Banned Political Channel Axis of Good, German Court Rules

A German regional court has ruled that YouTube’s removal of the “Axis of Good” (Achse des Guten) video blog by political commentator Henryk M. Broder was unjustified and has called for the channel to be reinstated, according to German media.

The Junge Freiheit news outlet reported the judgment of the court in the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe following tech giant YouTube’s decision in December to effectively cancel the channel, deleting its account which had amassed more than 100,000 subscribers.

According to the channel’s creator, Burkhard Müller-Ullrich, the measure was taken without reason, noting that YouTube had referred to its ambiguous community guidelines to justify the ban. Both Broder and Müller-Ullrich contribute to the Axis of Good blog.

Axis of Good had recently been critical of the epidemiological measures implemented to contain the spread of Covid-19 and had voiced its opposition to compulsory vaccination, a measure being considered in a number of European countries — it is understood that YouTube had taken issue with content on these topics. The Axis of Good channel is among a number of German YouTube channels that have been deleted, with many of them critical of coronavirus measures or other government policies.

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Top Immunologist Slams Global Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

One of Israel’s leading immunologists has written a damning letter in which he slams the global management of the COVID-19 pandemic as a shameful disaster driven by “false propaganda.”

Professor Ehud Qimron is Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University.

His letter speaks for itself and would lose potency if not quoted at length.

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$1,000 Fines for Not Registering Positive Rapid COVID Result

New South Wales residents who receive positive results on rapid antigen tests will need to register their results or face $1,000 fines, Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced.

The Premier announced the penalties on Wednesday morning as NSW recorded 21 COVID-19 deaths and 34,759 new cases overnight.

“We made a decision as a government that the registration of that test is mandatory and you will need to register your positive rapid antigen test from 1 January,” Perrottet said.

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Now Another State Follows NSW’s Lead With $1000 Fines for Residents Who Don’t Report Positive COVID Rat Tests

South Australia will join NSW in fining Covid-infected residents who don’t report their positive rapid antigen test results to authorities.

After initially ruling out mandatory reporting, Premier Steven Marshall said a change will now be made to the state’s arrangements.

Anyone who doesn’t report a positive result from a rapid antigen test will face a $1,000 fine — the same penalty announced by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Wednesday.

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85 Per Cent of Sweden’s Fatal Shooting Suspects Come From Foreign Backgrounds

Nearly nine in ten suspects involved in fatal shootings in Sweden are either born abroad or are from migrant backgrounds, statistics reveal, as the country continues to deal with record levels of fatal shootings.

In 2021, Sweden saw another record high number of fatal shootings as the country continues to see fatal gun violence largely driven by criminal gang activity across the country.

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Afghan Migrant Who ‘Drugged, Raped and Murdered 13-Year-Old Girl’ Then Crossed the Channel Will be Extradited to Austria to Stand Trial as British Court Rejects His Bid to Remain in the UK

A Channel migrant accused of drugging, raping and strangling to death a 13-year-old girl weeks before arriving in the UK on a small boat has today been ordered to return to Austria.

Afghan-born Rasuili Zubaidullah, 23, is accused of raping and suffocating teenager Leonie Walner in Vienna in June last year, after drugging her with seven ecstasy pills.

The 13-year-old’s body was found rolled up in a carpet in Wiener Neustadt — a town 35 miles away from the capital — on June 26.

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Criminal Migrants Wreaking Havoc in French Coastal Town

Residents of a coastal town in France are outraged over a crime wave brought on by suspects from Africa and the Middle East, according to reports.

Tensions boiled after three youths from Algeria were caught stealing a scooter by residents of Cerbère, a commune near the Spanish border.

On December 29, the suspects were confronted by locals while trying to carry out the brazen theft, L’Indépendant reports.

During an ensuing altercation, the suspects damaged multiple vehicles and threatened to beat a female police officer with a stick.

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Cyprus Spent Over €39 Million in 2021 on Irregular Migrants

Cyprus spent over €39 million last year on irregular migrants seeking asylum, according to latest official data obtained by Philenews.

Specifically, a total of €36,494,943 was spent between January 1, 2021 and November 21, 2021 — an amount estimated to have exceeded 39 million by the year’s end.

However, EU assistance towards irregular migration in Cyprus was also increased last year.

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Fatal Shootings Reach Record High in Sweden Last Year as Police Fail to Control Migrant Gangs

Last year, 46 homicides were committed in 335 shootings in Sweden, which is plagued by ultra-violent migrant gangs, the La Croix daily reported. While Stockholm is struggling to curb the growing problem, the authorities have already identified several challenges to overcome.

Over the past four years, the average has stood at 44 deaths in 325 shootings per year. The trend is so entrenched that Sven Granath, a criminologist at the Stockholm police force, called 2021 “fairly typical.” As in previous years, conflicts between young armed men, mostly from migrant communities, are behind the shootings. The median age of the perpetrators of these killings is 23 years.

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German Left-Wing Minister Calls for Greater Mass Immigration to Feed Labor Demands of Big Business

Germany will have to accept more migrants in order to prevent a massive shortage in its workforce and a decline in economic productivity, German Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck has claimed.

“We now have 300,000 vacancies, and we expect the number to grow to one million or more,” said Habeck, who is also a co-chair of the radical left-wing Greens.

He added that if Germany fails to fill this gap, any subsequent downturn in the German economy would jeopardize the nation’s transformation of the energy industry.

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Illegal Migrants Pelt Police With Rocks at Serbia Border

A group of migrants attempting to enter Hungary illegally threw rocks at police officers at Kunbaja, at the Serbian border, on Wednesday morning, according to police.hu.

The incident involving 15 migrants occurred at 3.45am, Bacs-Kiskun County police said in a statement.

The migrants threw the rocks over the border fence, damaging a police car. No injuries were reported.

Similar incidents have occurred at the Serbian border on several occasions over the past few years.

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Migration Controls Must Remain a National Competence, Insists Hungary

European member states hold such polarizing views on migration that a compromise is simply not viable and it must be allowed to be dealt with at a national level, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga told attendees of the Migration as a Risk book launch in Budapest on Tuesday.

She reiterated that there could be no compromise on the issue when it remained a fact that the European Union and the vast majority of Western European member state governments viewed mass migration as a positive matter, while the Hungarian government, for example, continues to see migration as a danger to European civilization and something which is having a detrimental effect on the future of Europe and its people.

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Polish Border Guard Warns of Incoming Influx in Illegal Border Crossings

There have already been hundreds of recorded attempts by illegal migrants to cross the Polish-Belarusian border in 2022 and the numbers do not appear to be slowing down, the Polish Border Guard has confirmed.

The Border Guard reported that 49 migrants had attempted the journey on Sunday, with 68 more individuals trying their luck to cross the border on Monday and Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the state security agency tasked with patrolling Poland’s external border, lieutenant Anna Michalska, warned that all data shows a real likelihood that there will be more planned attempts by illegal migrants to enter Poland in the coming days. She added that the route for transporting migrants to the Polish border often now leads from Russia.

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Financial Times: ‘Psy-Ops’ Are ‘Crucial Weapon’ Against ‘Disinformation’

The Financial Times, a leading voice of global neoliberalism, has praised psychological influence operations, better known as Psyops, as a valuable weapon in the “war against disinformation.”

The article, published earlier this week, blames “Russia, China, and Iran” for using “disinformation and online propaganda to amplify anti-vax sentiment and foment political tensions in Europe and the US.”

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/12/2022

  1. “Swiss Secret Service Warns Against Chinese Technical Support for Swiss Public Television”

    …They bought some very expensive equipment from China because it was “cheap”, and the thing now does not work as it should.

    I have encountered these chinese support technicians more than once: They usually know less then us, but they come with truckloads of different “tech” and start “trial and error” procedures trying every little box they pull out of their luggage, until they find some little box that works…

    I have never met a chinese “expert” whom I could respect to be a real “expert” who really knows what he’s doing, and can independently solve problems.

  2. “European Medicines Agency Warns Endless Booster Shots Could Cause “Immune Response” Problems”
    What a shocker that yet another “misinformation” is proven to be true.

    “85 Per Cent of Sweden’s Fatal Shooting Suspects Come From Foreign Backgrounds”
    And I would suspect the remaing 15% have converted.

  3. “… the vast majority of Western European member state governments viewed mass migration as a positive matter…”

    said Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga. Governments maybe: people not, but then they were never asked, nor were their protests listened to.

    • Nor their protests listened to

      yeah these real genuine democracies of the West they practice every diktat of tyrannical dictatorship that history has seen and still are called democracies

      perfect democracies who will doubt them that they are friendly with jihadis nd enemies to their own people yes enemies of their own people

      Jihadis come here give me your votes and let our nation go to hell and the population slaughtered then day and night repeat that fatuous meaningless democracy democracy

      • So called democracy is DEAD! If you actually think we will vote our way out of this mess? You are sheep for the slaughter. If you haven’t prepared for barbaric conflict, you will find that there is no escaping it.

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