Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/14/2022

A pizzeria in Montreal has remained open for indoor dining in defiance of Quebec’s lockdown regulations. Meanwhile, restaurants, cafés, and other businesses in a Dutch town remained open in protest of the latest lockdown ordered by the Dutch government.

In other news, Iceland has agreed to accept an additional 35-70 migrants from Afghanistan.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, Dean, DV, Fjordman, MM, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Hungary’s Inflation at 14-Year Record for Second Month in a Row
 
USA
» Alec Baldwin Turns Over His Phone in ‘Rust’ Investigation
» Breaking: YouTube Suspends and Demonetizes Dan Bongino Over Content Questioning ‘Mask Fascists’
» Breaking: Minnesota Bank and Trust Moves to Cancel MyPillow Founder’s Bank Accounts
» Democrats Slammed for Blocking Russia Sanctions Bill Using Filibuster They’ve Decried as Racist
» Democrats Moving Away From Lockdown Restrictions Over Fears of Being Crushed Politically
» DeSantis Says Roberts and Kavanaugh Lacked ‘Backbone’ In Ruling on Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers
» DeSantis Would Have Been ‘Much Louder’ If He Knew Early on Feds Would Shut Down the Country
» DeSantis Rips Biden as ‘Brandon in the White House, ‘ Says ‘He’s Not Had a Very Good Year’
» Dick’s Sporting Goods Admits Decision to Abandon Gun Sales Cost Shareholders $250m in Revenue
» Facebook and Google Accused of Signing Secret Sweetheart Deal on Ad Exchange
» Floridians Respond to Flyers Telling ‘Woke’ New Yorkers to Stay Out of Sunshine State
» Judge Throws Out Social Media “Harassment” Complaint Against Brevard County Rep. Randy Fine
» Judicial Watch Files Suit Against HHS for Access to Fauci’s Calendar Details
» Line-of-Duty Police Deaths Soar to Highest Level Since 1930, Report Finds
» Michigan Professor Wearing Space Helmet Tells Students They Are ‘Vectors of Disease’ In Zoom Rant
» NIH Says EcoHealth Alliance Committed Several Grant Violations
» Parents Horrified as School Hosts ‘Satan Club’ For Children
» Philadelphia Carjackers Shot by Legally Armed Drivers 3 Separate Times So Far in 2022
» Poll Finds Only 10% of Americans Trust Media on COVID, 30% Trust Fauci
» Popular True Crime Channel JCS — Criminal Psychology Quits YouTube Over Constant Censorship
» Protest Outside Boston Mayor Wu’s Home Ahead of Saturday Vaccine Mandate
» Republican Rep. John Katko, Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Not Running for Reelection
» ‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation: Alec Baldwin Has Turned in Cellphone, Authorities Say
» School District Openly Promotes Implementation of CRT, High School Presentation Discusses ‘Pyramid of White Supremacy’
» Sen. Blackburn Slams University of Tennessee Amid Report it Sought to Create a Critical Race Center
» ‘This is Not Chicago.’ NYC Mayor Eric Adams Says Schools Will Not Close
» Thousands of Federal Workers Expected to March Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
» VP Harris Was ‘Inspiration’ For Indicted Baltimore Official: ‘No Marilyn Mosby Without Kamala Harris’
» Why the Regime Hates Joe Rogan
 
Canada
» Jordan Peterson Slams Guilbeault, Warns Western Canadians That They Will be ‘Sacrificed to the Climate Gods’
» Montreal Pizzeria to Fully Open in Act of ‘Civil Disobedience’ Despite Restrictions
» One Dead, 5 Missing and Presumed Killed After Ottawa Explosion
» Pastor Tobias Tissen Issued More Than $17,000 in Fines for Leading Church in Defiance of Public Health Orders
» Toronto Freedom Rally Marches Against Lockdowns
» Victory: Ontario Woman Will Not Have to Take Down Anti-Trudeau Flag From Her Home
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech Government Wins Vote of Confidence
» Dutch Cafes, Restaurants, Shops Defy Govt, Open in Protest Against Lockdown
» France: Life Insurer Refuses to Cover Vaccine Death
» France: Cleaning Lady Unplugs Fridge With Pfizer Vials
» Germany: CDU Politician Demands AfD Ban, Claims Party is ‘Wicked’
» German Police Face Backlash for Using COVID Surveillance to Track Witnesses to a Death
» Survey: Poles Don’t Want to Pay Higher Taxes to Save the Climate
» Two North African-Background Youths Arrested Over Milan NYE Sex Attacks
» UK: ‘Smiling’ Knifeman Went on Stabbing-Spree in Arndale With Weapon He Bought for £1.50, Court Hears
» UK: Labour Party Accepted £700,000 From Alleged Chinese Communist Spy: Report
» UK: YouTube Bans Interview With Dr. Peter McCullough Before it Was Even Published
» Well, Isn’t This Fascinating?
» Yachts to be Exempt From EU’s Carbon Pricing Plan
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: A Jewish Majority is Insuffient to Safeguard the Jewish State
 
Far East
» China: Buying Up Europe
 
Australia — Pacific
» Djokovic’s Visa Canceled Again, Australian Officials Seeking to Detain Tennis Star
 
Immigration
» 88 Percent of Japanese Support Government’s Strict Border Controls
» German Police Catch African Migrants Stowed Away in Big Rig
» Hungary: Romanian Who Trafficked 20 Migrants Sentenced to 3 Years 10 Months in Prison
» Hungarian Police to Continue to Protect Borders & Prevent Illegal Entries in 2022
» Iceland to Receive Additional Refugees From Afghanistan
» Left-Wing Group Secured $158 Million Taxpayer-Funded Contract to Help Illegal Immigrants Avoid Deportation
» Lithuanian PM: The Flow of Migrants to Belarus Has Stopped
» New German Economy Minister Calls for More Migrants to Fill Labour Gaps
» Pennsylvania State GOP Proposes Bill to Divert ‘Secret’ Migrant Flights to Biden’s Home State of Delaware
» Swedish National Police Chief Admits Migration and Integration Related to Ongoing Gang Crime Issues
» UK: Migrant Dies in the Channel and 30 Are Rescued While Trying to Reach Britain…
» UK’s Natural Population Will Decline From 2025, But Mass Migration Will See Numbers Soar
 
Culture Wars
» “Fact Checkers” Gang Up to Demand YouTube Censors More “Misinformation”
 

Hungary’s Inflation at 14-Year Record for Second Month in a Row

Hungarian annual inflation was 7.4 percent in December, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Friday.

Higher cigarette and vehicle fuel prices continued to be the main drivers, though food and consumer durables prices rose above headline inflation.

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

Alec Baldwin Turns Over His Phone in ‘Rust’ Investigation

Alec Baldwin on Friday handed his cellphone over to authorities investigating the fatal shooting on a movie set last year.

New Mexico police issued a search warrant for the phone Dec. 16, seeking information about the shooting on the set of “Rust” that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

“Alec voluntarily provided his phone to the authorities this morning so they can finish their investigation,” his attorney Aaron Dyer told NBC News. “But this matter isn’t about his phone, and there are no answers on his phone. Alec did nothing wrong.”

Baldwin, 63, has claimed that he’s cooperated with police throughout the process and never refused to hand over the phone.

“Any suggestion that I am not complying with requests or orders or demands or search warrants about my phone, that’s bulls—-. That’s a lie,” the veteran actor said last week in an Instagram video…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: YouTube Suspends and Demonetizes Dan Bongino Over Content Questioning ‘Mask Fascists’

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino has been suspended by YouTube for questioning “mask fascists.” The Bongino Report announced on Twitter on Friday that the platform suspended Bongino for violating the site’s COVID-19 misinformation policy.

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

Breaking: Minnesota Bank and Trust Moves to Cancel MyPillow Founder’s Bank Accounts

On Friday, businessman and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell announced that Heartland Financial and Minnesota Bank and Trust are moving to de-bank many of his accounts associated with his multi-million dollar businesses and charities.

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

Democrats Slammed for Blocking Russia Sanctions Bill Using Filibuster They’ve Decried as Racist

Senate Democrats were slammed Thursday for taking advantage of the filibuster rule, which prominent members of their party have recently decried as racist, to block a bill from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz implementing sanctions on Russia.

The Senate voted 55-44 to pass Cruz’s sanctions on Russia for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Germany but failed due to a bipartisan agreement to subject it to a 60 vote threshold.

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

Democrats Moving Away From Lockdown Restrictions Over Fears of Being Crushed Politically

In response to plummeting approval ratings, Democrats are now moving away from lockdown policies they previously vehemently advocated over fears about being wiped out politically.

That’s according to a new report by Politico, which notes how, “Omicron is surging — and Democrats aren’t shutting things down this time.”

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

DeSantis Says Roberts and Kavanaugh Lacked ‘Backbone’ In Ruling on Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis knocked Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh for lacking a “backbone” in their decision on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for certain health care workers.

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the health care worker mandate to go into effect but blocked enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees. Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh sided with the liberal justices on the health care worker mandate.

DeSantis slammed them both during a guest appearance on the popular conservative podcast “Ruthless” that aired Friday.

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

DeSantis Would Have Been ‘Much Louder’ If He Knew Early on Feds Would Shut Down the Country

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says he regrets not speaking out even more forcefully against a federal COVID-19 lockdown early on during the pandemic in 2020, saying he didn’t understand how extensive the measures would become.

DeSantis’ made his remarks during his appearance on “Ruthless,” a popular conservative podcast that aired Friday, when asked what decisions he would change during his tenure as governor.

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

DeSantis Rips Biden as ‘Brandon in the White House, ‘ Says ‘He’s Not Had a Very Good Year’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mocked President Biden in a podcast episode Friday, questioning the president’s ability to do his job and giving a nod to the anti-Biden “Let’s go, Brandon” chant.

“All the problems you see with our country, and there’s a huge amount of problems with Brandon in the White House,” DeSantis joked to his conservative audience.

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

Dick’s Sporting Goods Admits Decision to Abandon Gun Sales Cost Shareholders $250m in Revenue

Long ago, in The Time Before, Dick’s Sporting Goods sold guns. Lots of guns. And then the son of the founder decided to get woke and stop selling guns at all but a handful of the chain’s stores. After being hailed as a progressive, forward-thinking responsible retailer, the company now admits that going woke and kicking guns to the curb cost it (and its shareholders) $250 million in revenue.

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

Facebook and Google Accused of Signing Secret Sweetheart Deal on Ad Exchange

Newly-unsealed court filings have revealed accusations that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret deal that gave the social media giant a leg up in Google’s advertising auctions.

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

Floridians Respond to Flyers Telling ‘Woke’ New Yorkers to Stay Out of Sunshine State

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — People in West Palm Beach, Florida, said New Yorkers are still welcome, despite flyers placed on cars saying the “woke” should “stay out of Florida.”

“I feel like people should be welcomed rather than disregarded like that and being told they can’t come down here,” said Landra, a Florida resident who told Fox News her brother lives in New York City. “Everyone should be welcome anywhere as long as they aren’t causing anyone any harm.”

Across Lake Worth Lagoon, Palm Beach police confirmed to Fox News that it investigated flyers that were stuck onto cars with New York plates parked on the wealthy island that read “If you are one of the those ‘woke’ people — — leave Florida. You will be happier elsewhere, as will we.”

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

Judge Throws Out Social Media “Harassment” Complaint Against Brevard County Rep. Randy Fine

A judge in Brevard County, Florida, dismissed a “cyberstalking” case brought by Brevard School Board member Jennifer Jenkins against state Rep. Randy Fine.

Jenkins filed the case in October. She accused Fine of “harassment” and “cyberstalking” that began in July when the two disagreed on a mask mandate for schools in Brevard County.

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

Judicial Watch Files Suit Against HHS for Access to Fauci’s Calendar Details

Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on behalf of OpenTheBooks.com against the Department of Health and Human Services for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s calendars and calendar entries.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, following the failure of the NIH to respond to a FOIA request from Nov. 5 of last year.

The request was for “all calendars or calendar entries for Dr. Anthony Fauci, including calendars maintained on Dr. Fauci’s behalf. For calendars or calendar entries created electronically, the records should include the names of invitees, notes, and other attachments for a given entry.”

The request was for calendars and entries dated between November 2019 and late March 2020.

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

Line-of-Duty Police Deaths Soar to Highest Level Since 1930, Report Finds

Last year was a deadly year for police officers.

A report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows 458 officers died in 2021, a 55% jump compared to 2020 and the most since 1930.

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

Michigan Professor Wearing Space Helmet Tells Students They Are ‘Vectors of Disease’ In Zoom Rant

A professor at Ferris State University in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after telling students that they are “vectors of disease” in a course video to students.

The video, posted to YouTube by Ferris State University History Professor Barry Mehler on Jan. 9, shows him greeting students while wearing a mask and what appears to be a space helmet.

Mehler told students that “civilization is collapsing” and “life on your planet is going extinct,” before telling students that they are “vectors of disease.”

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

NIH Says EcoHealth Alliance Committed Several Grant Violations

EcoHealth Alliance, which gave grant money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, was non-compliant with eight parts of a written agreement with the U.S. government, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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

Parents Horrified as School Hosts ‘Satan Club’ For Children

Parents in Illinois were shocked to discover that their children’s school approved an event for children organised by the Satanic Temple.

The event, titled ‘Satan Club’ held at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline vowed to introduce children to “a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious worldview.”

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

Philadelphia Carjackers Shot by Legally Armed Drivers 3 Separate Times So Far in 2022

A teenage attempted carjacker was shot and critically injured in Philadelphia after he allegedly tried to steal the vehicle of a legally armed driver, according to a local affiliate report.

Thursday marked the third time since the start of 2022 that an alleged carjacker was wounded by a legal gun owner, FOX 29 reported. According to local media, two attempted carjackers approached the 60-year-old driver around 8 p.m. local time on Cherokee Street in Mount Airy.

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

Poll Finds Only 10% of Americans Trust Media on COVID, 30% Trust Fauci

A new poll has found that just 10 per cent of Americans trust the media when it comes to information about COVID-19, while just over 30 per cent trust Anthony Fauci.

Wow.

The survey was conducted by NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ.

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

Popular True Crime Channel JCS — Criminal Psychology Quits YouTube Over Constant Censorship

The popular YouTube channel JCS — Criminal Psychology has announced plans to move from the platform after facing constant censorship.

“That’s a wrap, folks,” the channel wrote on its community page. “The flagged videos violate the ‘violence” and ‘sensitive events’ guidelines.”

The channel suggested that it has been a constant problem since they started in 2018 but didn’t seem to hold too much animosity towards YouTube, saying, “It’s their gig so fair enough.”

The channel thanked fans for their support and said that they will keep viewers “updated on our next move,” suggesting that they’re planning to switch platforms.

The channel focuses on true crime and particularly the psychological aspects of the crimes, as well as reviews and commentary on police interrogation footage.

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

Protest Outside Boston Mayor Wu’s Home Ahead of Saturday Vaccine Mandate

BOSTON — Protestors gathered outside Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Roslindale home early Friday morning, one day before the city’s vaccine mandate goes into effect.

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

Republican Rep. John Katko, Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Not Running for Reelection

Rep. John Katko, one of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted a year ago to impeach then President Donald Trump, announced Friday that he won’t seek reelection this November.

The four-term representative and former federal prosecutor who represents a battleground district in central New York, said in a statement sent to news organizations that he won’t bid for another two-year term in Congress “so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.”

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

‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation: Alec Baldwin Has Turned in Cellphone, Authorities Say

Alec Baldwin has handed over his cellphone to authorities, according to officials.

The cellphone was turned over to authorities in Suffolk County in New York state, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News Digital Friday. Investigators will gather evidence from the phone and turn over the information to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Baldwin’s civil attorney, Aaron Dyer of the firm Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman also confirmed the cellphone had been turned over in a statement to Fox News Digital.

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

School District Openly Promotes Implementation of CRT, High School Presentation Discusses ‘Pyramid of White Supremacy’

A high school in Oregon gave a presentation featuring a “Pyramid of White Supremacy” that discussed concepts like “white fragility” and “white saviorism,” according to documents obtained by Parents Defending Education.

Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, taught students about equity and racial justice as part of its “Race Forward” project from December of 2021, according to documents obtained by Parents Defending Education (PDE).

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

Sen. Blackburn Slams University of Tennessee Amid Report it Sought to Create a Critical Race Center

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is receiving criticism after reporting surfaced that it advanced proposals for partnering with a “critical race collective” (CRC) and is seeking to integrate social justice and anti-racism into various aspects of the school.

The College Fix reported last week that the school’s Division of Diversity and Engagement planned to create a CRC center in order to “enhance research and scholarship capacity in this area of study and identify current racist policies and practices on campus.” Other plans reportedly included requiring professors to commit to diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

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

‘This is Not Chicago.’ NYC Mayor Eric Adams Says Schools Will Not Close

Newly installed in office, New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared Friday that city schools won’t be closing despite the Omicron surge currently plaguing the Big Apple.

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

Thousands of Federal Workers Expected to March Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Thousands of federal employees will peacefully march in protest of President Biden’s vaccine mandate, Defeat The Mandates DC organizers announced in a press release Thursday.

Over 6,000 members of Feds For Medical Freedom, a national grassroots coalition consisting of federal workers, announced that they would join firefighters, first responders, medical professionals and more in the March to Defeat the Mandates in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, the press release said.

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

VP Harris Was ‘Inspiration’ For Indicted Baltimore Official: ‘No Marilyn Mosby Without Kamala Harris’

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby — who was indicted on federal perjury charges Thursday — has previously praised and been supported by Vice President Kamala Harris during her rise as a progressive Democrat in Maryland.

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

Why the Regime Hates Joe Rogan

The regime is targeting Joe Rogan because they’re frustrated at their inability to censor podcasts the same way they have blacklisted content on other social media platforms.

That and Rogan’s audience being more than 10 times larger than CNN’s best primetime show.

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

Jordan Peterson Slams Guilbeault, Warns Western Canadians That They Will be ‘Sacrificed to the Climate Gods’

Dr. Jordan Peterson continued his criticism of Canada’s governing party after Trudeau’s environment minister, Steven Guilbeault, announced plans to dismantle Canada’s natural resource industry.

In an interview with left-wing outlet The Narwhal, Guilbeault said he hopes the fossil fuel industry would be phased out within two years.

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

Montreal Pizzeria to Fully Open in Act of ‘Civil Disobedience’ Despite Restrictions

A Montreal pizzeria has decided that it will open at full capacity at the end of January, no matter what the province’s COVID restrictions are.

Keste, owned by Luigi Esposito, will have its doors open with full dining rooms in what the owner calls “a bit of civil disobedience.”

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

One Dead, 5 Missing and Presumed Killed After Ottawa Explosion

One person is dead and five others remain unaccounted for after an explosion at a building in Ottawa’s south end Thursday.

The explosion and major fire at Eastway Tank on Merivale Road sent three people to hospital, including two in critical condition. One of those people has since died, police said Friday morning.

Police say four men and one woman remain unaccounted for. It’s believed they were at the building when the explosion occurred.

Police are not releasing their identities, but say their families have been notified.

“It’s not believed that any survivors will be found,” Insp. Frank D’Aoust told reporters Friday…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Pastor Tobias Tissen Issued More Than $17,000 in Fines for Leading Church in Defiance of Public Health Orders

Just one week ago we reported on the intimidation tactics being used by police toward the family of Pastor Tobias Tissen and now we see they have yet again issued him fines — this time worth more than $17,000.

Pastor Tobias is a minister near Winnipeg, Manitoba, who has been at odds with local bureaucrats over public health orders which restrain his ability to practice his faith. Just over a year ago he was holding a drive-in church service, with car windows up, in the freezing Manitoba winter cold. Still this was not good enough for local authorities who attempted to block service regardless. He was later fined for this defiance of the state, and has been fined many times after, both for church services and other gatherings related to mistrust of how the government has been handling the pandemic situation.

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

Toronto Freedom Rally Marches Against Lockdowns

This past weekend, hundreds of Torontonians took to the streets downtown, in protest of Premier Doug Ford’s new lockdown restrictions introduced last week across Ontario.

Rebel News was on the scene for the protest, which began on the lawns north of Queen’s Park, Ontario’s legislature, covering the weekly demonstration. Protesters marched and chanted throughout the streets of downtown Toronto, shouting:

“NO MORE LOCKDOWNS! END THE LOCKDOWNS!”

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

Victory: Ontario Woman Will Not Have to Take Down Anti-Trudeau Flag From Her Home

A homeowner in Port Colborne, Ontario, has won the right to fly a flag from her house that says “F*** Trudeau,” according to the Canadian Constitution Foundation.

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

Czech Government Wins Vote of Confidence

The government of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has won its vote of confidence following hours of tense deliberations, it has emerged.

MPs voted on the proposal on Thursday evening, with the ballot swaying in the government’s favor by 106 votes to 87.

Politicians from the governing coalition parties unsurprisingly backed the motion, whilst ANO and SPD (Freedom and Direct Democracy) MPs voted against.

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

Dutch Cafes, Restaurants, Shops Defy Govt, Open in Protest Against Lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Shops, bars and restaurants in a southern Dutch town opened Friday in a protest action that underscored growing anger at weeks of coronavirus lockdown measures, a day before some of the restrictions are expected to be eased.

A local broadcaster showed people eating and drinking at outdoor tables of restaurants in the main street of Valkenburg in open defiance of a lockdown in the Netherlands. Authorities in the tourist town, which was devastated by flooding last year, didn’t take action to enforce coronavirus restrictions.

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

France: Life Insurer Refuses to Cover Vaccine Death

An explosive case is currently being hotly debated on social media: In France, a rich, older entrepreneur from Paris is said to have died as a result of a Corona injection. Previously, he had taken out multi-million dollar life insurance policies for the benefit of his children and grandchildren, according to a media report.

Although vaccination is recognized as the cause of death by doctors and the insurance company, it has refused to pay out. The reason is because the side effects of the Corona jabs are known and published. They argue that the deceased took part in an experiment at his own risk. Covid-19 in itself is not classed as a “critical illness”.

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

France: Cleaning Lady Unplugs Fridge With Pfizer Vials

By mistake, a cleaning lady in France unplugged a fridge containing 1 056 vials of vaccine stored in one of the vaccination centers managed by the municipality of Angers.

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

Germany: CDU Politician Demands AfD Ban, Claims Party is ‘Wicked’

The former Federal Government Commissioner for East Germany, Marco Wanderwitz (CDU), has pushed for a ban on the conservative Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Junge Freiheit reported on this.

“It’s a far-right party, so what is there to wait for?” he told the Chemnitz-based regional newspaper Freie Presse on Wednesday.

He justified his demand by saying that the AfD poses a great threat to society. He claimed that the party endangers the free democratic basic order and is a right-wing extremist party, which is why he advocates initiating ban proceedings at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.

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

German Police Face Backlash for Using COVID Surveillance to Track Witnesses to a Death

German police have faced backlash after it was revealed they used a Covid-tracking app to track possible witnesses to a man’s death, adding to fears that covid tacking was going to lead to an increase in the surveillance state.

The police used Luca, which records the time spent in a restaurant, or other establishments, to track the possible spread of the coronavirus.

The app also records the full name, phone number, and address of the user. The data collected by the app is supposed to be subject to Germany’s data protection laws.

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

Survey: Poles Don’t Want to Pay Higher Taxes to Save the Climate

United Surveys carried out a survey for RMF FM radio and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna paper meant to gauge the response of Poles concerning paying higher energy bills in the name of fighting climate change.

Only 33 percent of respondents stated that they would be able to bear the higher costs. Interestingly, the division between government and opposition supporters was not visible here, with 51 percent of government voters opposing to the idea and 54 percent of opposition supporters having the same sentiment.

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

Two North African-Background Youths Arrested Over Milan NYE Sex Attacks

Two North African youths, one born to parents from Morocco and another who came to Italy from Egypt, have been arrested over alleged sex attacks on multiple women and girls on New Year’s Eve in Milan.

Italian police have arrested and identified two North African-background youths, aged 18 and 21, who they believed are connected to the sexual assaults of at least nine young women and girls in Milan’s central Piazza del Duomo on New Year’s Eve.

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

UK: ‘Smiling’ Knifeman Went on Stabbing-Spree in Arndale With Weapon He Bought for £1.50, Court Hears

A “smiling” knifeman stabbed five people in a shopping centre in Manchester with a weapon he bought for £1.50, a court heard

Raphael Chevelleau, of Blackley, hid the knife — that he bought at a store close to his flat on Rochadale Road — in his coat and caught a bus to Shudehill on 11 October 2019.

The court heard how he entered the Arndale at 11:05am and immediately went into the baby-changing room where he unwrapped the knife.

CCTV footage shows the 43-year-old stabbing a man first, before going on to stab four more people — all women — aged between 19 and 49.

Chevelleau disposed of the knife in a bin at the bottom of the Arndale steps and soon after detained by Greater Manchester Police officers, searched, and then taken to custody…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Labour Party Accepted £700,000 From Alleged Chinese Communist Spy: Report

Christine Lee, the alleged Chinese Communist spy, reportedly donated over £700,000 to the left-wing Labour Party in Britain as a part of a “political interference” campaign orchestrated by Beijing.

On Thursday, it was revealed that MI5 had contacted the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, warning that the founder of the “British Chinese Project”, Christine Lee had been working to engage with members of parliament to “subvert the process” of democracy.

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

UK: YouTube Bans Interview With Dr. Peter McCullough Before it Was Even Published

YouTube is removing videos even before they are published — no doubt the type of next-level censorship that makes censorship advocates happy, but also something that should give pause to creators, and their audiences.

Namely, on Tuesday, Jon Joseph Bourgerie of The British Entrepreneur YouTube channel announced that he had finished his interview with Dr. Peter McCullough, and that it would be uploaded on Friday.

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

Well, Isn’t This Fascinating?

A story in the Express claimed that a father furiously blamed “anti-vaxxers” for his daughter dying from COVID, despite the fact that the woman died in March 2020, before COVID-19 vaccines were available.

Whoops!

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Yachts to be Exempt From EU’s Carbon Pricing Plan

If there is anyone still confused why ESG, and the entire “green” movement is one giant, boiling cauldron of lies, hypocrisy and fraud, read on.

Last summer, we reported that the European Commission — that murder of career bureaucrats — has proposed exempting private jets, the one most polluting form of transportation, from the planned EU jet fuel tax.

A draft indicated that the tax would be phased-in for passenger flights, including ones that carry cargo. Private jets will enjoy an exemption through classification of “business aviation” as the use of aircraft by firms for carriage of passengers or goods as an “aid to the conduct of their business”, if generally considered not for public hire.

It gets better: a further exemption is given for “pleasure” flights whereby an aircraft is used for “personal or recreational” purposes not associated with a business or professional use.

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Caroline Glick: A Jewish Majority is Insuffient to Safeguard the Jewish State

After their claim to be the peace camp exploded into a million pieces in a hundred suicide bombings, Israel’s left reinvented itself as the Zionist camp. Their plan of quitting Judea and Samaria and partitioning Jerusalem remained unchanged. But it was rebranded not as a plan for peace, but as a means to protect Israel’s Jewish identity in the face of the mortal threat of the Palestinian womb.

Within a year or two or a decade or two, the left warned, if Israel maintains its control over its strategic depth, unified capital and historic heartland, the Jews will lose their numeric majority over the Arabs. And at that point, Israel will be faced with the choice of becoming a non-Jewish state or a non-democratic one. By this reasoning, anyone who calls for applying Israeli law over all or parts of Judea and Samaria, and maintaining Jerusalem as an undivided city is an anti-Zionist, or a fascist, or both.

Luckily, the demographic time bomb worked out to be as much of a dud as the peace process was a bomb. As the population data published at the end of 2021 by the Central Bureau of Statistics demonstrate, Israel’s Jewish majority is massive and growing.

Unfortunately, demography isn’t the only variable determining if Israel will or will not remain the Jewish state. It turns out Arabs don’t need to outnumber the Jews to destroy the Zionist dream. All they need is find a minority of Israeli Jews to partner with them. Equipped with a sufficient number of Jews on their side, Israel’s Arab minority, which comprises just 20 percent of the population, can effectively end the existence of the Jewish people’s nation state…

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China: Buying Up Europe

For more than a decade, China has been stealthily buying up European companies in strategic sectors, particularly in technology and energy. China appears to be using these European assets to help fulfil the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ambitions of becoming a global force, technologically independent of the West and ultimately supplanting the US as the world’s economic, political and military superpower.

China has been covering up its European purchases by passing them off as ostensibly commercial investments. It has been hiding the state-owned companies involved in the investments behind “layers of ownership, complex shareholding structures and deals executed via European subsidiaries,” according to Datenna, a Dutch company that monitors Chinese investments in Europe. A staggering 40% out of 650 Chinese investments in Europe in the years 2010-2020, according to Datenna, had “high or moderate involvement by state-owned or state-controlled companies, including some in advanced technologies”.

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Djokovic’s Visa Canceled Again, Australian Officials Seeking to Detain Tennis Star

Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa was once again revoked Friday, placing his ability to compete in the Australian Open in peril.

Alex Hawke, the country’s immigration minister, announced his decision following several days of consideration.

“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement.

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88 Percent of Japanese Support Government’s Strict Border Controls

The vast majority of the Japanese public is generally supportive of its government’s strict border controls recently reintroduced to stem the flow of coronavirus, it has emerged.

Japan has been somewhat isolationist in its approach to the global pandemic, opting to close its borders in the spring of 2020 and only re-opening them in November last year.

However, recently-elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who has only been in office since October, decided to shut down the country’s borders once again just three weeks after they had reopened, banning the entry of foreign nationals to Japan.

However, despite unfavorable media coverage of the government’s decision to shut itself off from its neighbors, an overwhelming majority of the Japanese public appears to agree with the policy.

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German Police Catch African Migrants Stowed Away in Big Rig

Police in Germany apprehended a group of African migrants who had climbed inside a tractor-trailer in hopes of reaching the United Kingdom, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Thursday morning on the A 59 highway outside the city of Bonn.

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Hungary: Romanian Who Trafficked 20 Migrants Sentenced to 3 Years 10 Months in Prison

A court in Szolnok has sentenced a Romanian national to three years and 10 months in prison for attempting to traffic twenty Syrian migrants in his lorry across the Hungarian-Austrian border last January. The ruling is subject to appeal.

The court also ordered the man in his thirties with a criminal record to be expelled from the country for a period of at least 7 years and 8 months.

On January 29, 2021, National Tax and Customs Office police made the arrest on the outskirts of Szolnok. The driver attempted to flee, but was captured and detained.

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Hungarian Police to Continue to Protect Borders & Prevent Illegal Entries in 2022

Hungarian police officers will continue to help protect the borders and prevent illegal entries, by amongst others, arresting human smugglers and illegal migrants.

In this regard, authorities in Hungary have confirmed that a total of ten Hungarian police will set off to Serbia and 30 to North Macedonia to patrol the border and ban the unlawful entry of persons.

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Iceland to Receive Additional Refugees From Afghanistan

Iceland’s cabinet approved a motion this morning to receive an additional 35-70 people from Afghanistan due to the current situation in the country following its takeover by the Taliban. Iceland received a group of refugees from the country last autumn. A notice from the government states that living conditions in the Middle Eastern country have been deteriorating rapidly in recent months and the government considers it urgent to take further action.

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Left-Wing Group Secured $158 Million Taxpayer-Funded Contract to Help Illegal Immigrants Avoid Deportation

A progressive group that views immigration enforcement agencies as a “threat” to civil liberties secured a $158 million taxpayer-funded contract to help unaccompanied minors avoid deportation, records show.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the Vera Institute of Justice, a left-wing nonprofit that backs defunding the police, the contract in 2021 to “provide immigration related legal services to unaccompanied minors,” according to USASpending, a federal contract database.

“The Vera Institute of Justice is a behemoth progressive nonprofit based out of New York City with well over a $140 million budget, which they use to fund a slate of progressive causes and initiatives across the country,” Jason Hopkins, an investigative associate with the Immigration Reform Law Institute, told Fox News. “Whether that be criminal justice reform, bail reform and also immigration.”

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Lithuanian PM: The Flow of Migrants to Belarus Has Stopped

VILNIUS — The flow of migrants travelling to Belarus has dried up, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte has said.

“To our knowledge, [the flow of migrants to Belarus] has stopped… The regime is failing to organize it,” she told reporters on Friday.

With Lithuania’s state of emergency on the border with Belarus set to expire at 12 midnight on Friday, the country would keep border controls in place, Simonyte said.

“For the time being, we will handle the situation in the same way as we did before the introduction of the state of emergency… That algorithm is known as we have been using it in our operations for many months,” she stated.

However, the prime minister admitted that the government might have to reintroduce the state of emergency.

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New German Economy Minister Calls for More Migrants to Fill Labour Gaps

German Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck has called for even more migrants to come to Germany to fill gaps in the labour market, stating the country could have productivity issues going forward.

Habeck stated this week that Germany will need to increase immigration to tackle possible shortages of workers, saying, “We have 300,000 job openings today and expect that to climb to a million and more,” and adding, “If we don’t close that gap, we will have real productivity problems.”

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Pennsylvania State GOP Proposes Bill to Divert ‘Secret’ Migrant Flights to Biden’s Home State of Delaware

Pennsylvania’s Republican-led state senate has plans to put forth a bill that would divert flights carrying migrants across the U.S. to President Biden’s home state of Delaware.

The bill would implement a ‘transportation program’ to address the ‘unauthorized relocation’ of undocumented migrants to Pennsylvania.

‘If the federal government is not willing to provide extra dollars to communities that have experienced increased strain on their healthcare systems, increased number of students in school districts and education costs and other services within our communities, then they shouldn’t be forced to take on more illegal immigrants and the additional financial responsibility,’ state Sen. Mario Scavello of Mount Pocono wrote in a memo announcing the legislation.

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Swedish National Police Chief Admits Migration and Integration Related to Ongoing Gang Crime Issues

Sweden’s National Police Chief Anders Thornberg had admitted that migration and issues with integration have contributed to the country’s ongoing problem with violent criminal gangs.

Chief Thornberg states that the ongoing issues with gang violence, particularly the high levels of fatal shootings and bombings related to criminal gangs, is linked to mass migration.

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UK: Migrant Dies in the Channel and 30 Are Rescued While Trying to Reach Britain…

Man in his 20s ‘from Sudan’ is killed as crossings reach more than 450 just TWO WEEKS into 2022 — more than the entire total for January last year

A migrant has died in the Channel this morning while French crews have rescued another 30 people after they ran into difficulties while attempting to reach the UK.

The man, believed to be in his 20s and from Sudan, died after falling into the water while making the perilous crossing from northern France to Britain this morning. He was found and unconscious and taken back to shore for treatment, but was later declared dead.

Twenty-five people were found still on board the boat and were picked up by rescue teams while five others were found on a nearby sandbank, French authorities say.

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UK’s Natural Population Will Decline From 2025, But Mass Migration Will See Numbers Soar

The UK’s Office for National Statistics has predicted that the country will see 5.6 million migrants settle in the country over the next decade, propping up a population that would otherwise be falling due to deaths outstripping births.

5.6 million people will immigrate long term to the UK, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday.

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“Fact Checkers” Gang Up to Demand YouTube Censors More “Misinformation”

Third party “fact-checkers” appear determined not only to maintain their business — all too often consisting of what critics consider to be censorship delegated by Big Tech — but, like any rising industry, they would like to see that business grow.

It seems as if they see the opportunity for growth in focusing more on languages other than English and spreading their “fact-checking” operations to those markets as well.

That is one take on why as many as 80 such organizations have now come together to call on YouTube to step up moderation and censorship even further. They, however, frame their appeal as concern that the platform is “a major conduit” of harmful misinformation around the world and put an emphasis on non-English content.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/14/2022

    • yes, maybe, but the thought of invaders living around the polar circle in the north Atlantic puts a smile on my face. Just thinking of boiling water pits and volcanic activity.

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