Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/11/2022

Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency due to the Freedom Convoy blockades, and a Superior Court judge ordered truckers to unblock the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit. However, the truckers held firm, and as of last night the bridge was still blocked.

Meanwhile, despite harsh police crackdowns, freedom convoy protesters in Canberra and Auckland who have been inspired by events in Canada are continuing their protests.

On other news, the Nobel Prize-winning French virologist and vax-critic Luc Montagnier has died. Prof. Montagnier was 89.

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Financial Crisis
» Inflation Costs American Households $276 More Per Month
 
USA
» Accused Waukesha Parade Killer Darrell Brooks Jr. Pleads Not Guilty
» Anti-Mask Protests Being Held Throughout Suburbs as Mask Controversy Continues
» California Considers Law to Require All Workers to be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
» College That Banned Armed Police Calls for Backup During Shooter Threat
» DHS Moves to Counter Truck Convoy in US Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday Amid Trucker Protests
» Far-Left Activist Charged Over Vandalizing Slain Female Chicago Officer’s Memorial
» Fed Up With Their County, Upstate Towns Consider Secession
» Federal Judge Stops Biden Admin’s Carbon Cost Executive Order
» Five Phoenix Police Officers Shot, Wounded While Trying to Rescue Baby
» Hypocrisy: Gov. Whitmer Supported the 2020 BLM Riots But Opposes the Freedom Convoy
» Joe Rogan Calls on CNN to ‘Change Your Model’ If They Want Gain Back an Audience
» Jon Stewart: “Who Gets to Decide” What’s ‘Misinformation’?
» Little Students in Las Vegas Celebrate the End of Wearing Face Masks in School
» New York Middle School Play Praises COVID Vaccines, Says Unvaxxed Kids Won’t Have Friends
» One US Education Dept. Supports BLM Activism Week Stressing End of Nuclear Family, Just 3 Reject it
» Phoenix Police Identify Man Suspected of Killing Woman, Wounding 9 Officers
» Rand Paul is 10-4 on Trucker Convoy in Canada Over COVID Mandates Coming to US, To ‘Clog Up Cities’
» Ricky Schroder Wants US Truckers to ‘Shut Down’ Washington Over Vax Mandate
» San Francisco Losing Another Walgreens Store Months After ‘Retail Crime’ Shuttered 5 Locations
» Sarah Palin Error in Editorial Was ‘Honest Mistake, ‘ New York Times’ Lawyer Claims
» Senators: CIA Has Secret Surveillance Program That Collects American’s Private Data
» Senate Bills Protect Conservative Speech, Ban Critical Race Theory
» Shocking: Middle School Student Reportedly Locked in Room for Not Wearing a Mask
» State GOP Leaders Scuttle Buckhead Secession Push in 2022
» Thousands of NYC Workers to Lose Jobs Friday as Vaccine Deadline Ends
» Twitter Drops Service Provider After Accusations it Was Used to Surveil People
» Virginia’s GOP-Led House Passes Seven Election Bills Including Ones on Voter ID, Early Voting
» Woodland Students, Community Members Protest Mask Mandate Friday
 
Canada
» Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Remained Blocked to Traffic Thursday Night
» Biden Urges Trudeau to Use Fed Powers to End Bridge Blockade
» Bonnie Henry Expands Vaccine Mandate to Private Practices
» Breaking: TD Bank to Hand Nearly $1.4m in Freedom Convoy Funds to Ontario Court
» Breaking: Manitoba Dropping Vaccine Passports and Mask Mandates
» Breaking: Freedom Protesters Hold the Line After Judge Orders Ambassador Bridge Cleared
» Canadian Judge Orders 7 P.M. End to Border Bridge Blockade
» Canadian Trucker Protests Are Rocking the World — Especially the U.S.
» Freedom Protesters and Police Hug During Ford’s ‘State of Emergency’
» Halifax Police Planning for a ‘Large Disruption’ Ahead of Anti-Mandate Protest
» Justin Trudeau Promises ‘Quick Action’ on Trucker Blockade in Call With Biden
» Milk River Blockaders Say They’re United, Peaceful and Not Giving Up
» National Defence Says Military Not Involved in Ottawa Convoy Protests
» New Poll Shows Half of Canadians Sympathize With Trucker Convoy
» No Dismissals at Public Health Agency After PPE Stockpile Screwup
» Ontario Residents Cheering on the Freedom Protests on Facebook Get a Visit From Police
» Pierre Poilievre Calls for Trudeau to Drop COVID-19 Restrictions
» Roadblock: Ambassador Bridge Protesters on Why They’ve Formed a Blockade
» Spirits Remain High in Ottawa Convoy Protest on Thursday Night
» State of Emergency Declared in Ontario Over Trucker Blockades: ‘It’s Time to Go’
» The Psychological Harms of Prolonged Mask Wearing for Kids
» Third Liberal MP Asks Trudeau Government for a Plan to Lift Restrictions
» Trailer: Operation Bearhug
» Truckers in Southern Alberta Hold the Line Despite RCMP Enforcement
» Trudeau Vows to Do ‘Whatever it Takes’ To End Freedom Convoy Protests
 
Europe and the EU
» Dutch Parliamentary Committee Blocks Request for COVID Data
» France: Thousands of Cops Deployed in Paris to Block COVID Protest Convoys
» France: Teens Lynched by Mob of Youths Over ‘Bad Look’
» German Court Rules Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Can Proceed
» Italian Bishop Suspends Priest for Opposing Vaccine Mandate
» Telegram Begins Blocking Some Channels in Germany After Meeting With Government
» The UK Wants to Police “Misinformation” Online. Its Own Health Service Was Caught Posting False Info
» UK: Khan’s London: Farage Roasts Mayor for Firing Police Chief in ‘Woke’ Purge, But Not for Knife Crime, Gang Violence
» Unforeseen Consequences? Unvaccinated Nurses Called Back to Work in Finland After Mandate Causes Shortages
» Virulent Anti-Vaccine Critic and Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier Passes Away
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: The Ayatollahs’ Men in Washington
 
Russia
» French President Emmanuel Macron Refused to Take Russian COVID Test
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Biggest Convoy Descends on the Capital
» Canadian Freedom Convoy Inspires New Zealanders to Protest Government Restrictions
» Canberra Convoy Given Eviction Date From Showgrounds
» New Zealand Police Back Off as Freedom Convoy Protests Build
 
Immigration
» North Macedonia: Indian Migrants Detained on New Route
» Polish Couple Sentenced in Germany for Inhumane Transport of Migrants Through Belarus
» Revealed: How You’re Paying the Family of Britain’s Most Toxic Landlord (Who Has Changed His Name to Adolf) A Fortune to House Migrants
» Think of the Wildlife: NGOs Demand Poland Stop Border Wall Over Ecological Concerns
 
Culture Wars
» Biden’s New DOE Hire is a Queer Activist Who Brags About ‘Puppy Play’ Gimp Kink
» The Sims 4 Wedding Stories Pack Won’t Release in Russia Over Censorship Law
 

Inflation Costs American Households $276 More Per Month

We all know the toll that inflation is taking on our everyday lives. We can see it at the gas pump, at the grocery store, and just about everywhere else we spend money.

Inflation has hit 7.5%, and we’ve just seen the largest one-month increase since 1982.

“Shortages of supplies and workers, heavy doses of federal aid, ultra-low interest rates and robust consumer spending combined to send inflation leaping in the past year,” the Associated Press explains. “And there are few signs that it will slow significantly anytime soon.”

And we now know just what kind of impact this level of inflation is making on American households. Ryan Sweet of Moody’s Analytics has estimated that the average U.S. household is paying $276 per month more than it did before inflation soared so high.

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

Accused Waukesha Parade Killer Darrell Brooks Jr. Pleads Not Guilty

The Wisconsin man accused of fatally plowing his SUV through a crowd at the Waukesha Christmas parade pleaded not guilty to dozens of criminal charges Friday.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, is facing 77 charges for the vehicular rampage Nov. 21 that left six people dead and dozens more injured.

Brooks had his head newly shaved and wore a mask in a brief court appearance Friday that lasted less than five minutes. He is being held on $5 million bail.

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

Anti-Mask Protests Being Held Throughout Suburbs as Mask Controversy Continues

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The debate over mask policies is causing disruptions for school districts all across the suburbs and parents as well as students have organized protests.

Some Neuqua Valley students plan to stage what they call a peaceful walk-in at 7:15 a.m. Friday. They say they are not happy with the school district’s decision to keep the mask mandate in place despite a downstate judge’s ruling.

Monday’s board meeting of the Indian Prairie School District 204 started, but the board never proceeded with its agenda because some people in attendance refused to wear a mask. The board met the next evening over Zoom.

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

California Considers Law to Require All Workers to be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

California workers would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 under new legislation introduced Friday by Democratic lawmakers.

Assembly Bill 1993, introduced by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, would require employees and independent contractors to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 unless the employee obtains an exemption for a medical reason, disability or “sincerely held religious belief.” Those who received an exemption would be required to be regularly tested.

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

College That Banned Armed Police Calls for Backup During Shooter Threat

Brooklyn College banned armed police officers on campus, so they had to call for armed police from other campuses during an active shooter scare on February 3.

The Daily Mail reports that Brooklyn College administrator Michelle Anderson disarmed the campus police several months ago after a “school official said she was ‘triggered’ by the sight of a female campus security officer wearing a firearm.”

The officer was carrying a Glock 19 9mm for a duty gun at the time.

The Mail points out that the decision to disarm Brooklyn College officers came even though the college is located in an area where “gun crimes have risen a staggering 111.1 percent year-on-year.”

Then came February 3, 2022, when an “active shooter” scare made it necessary to call in armed police from other campuses in order to protect Brooklyn College students. On-campus security personnel were also allowed to go to their lockers to get their guns during the incident,

Brooklyn College’s website includes instructions for how to respond to an active shooter on campus, particularly if the shooter is taking hostages:…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

DHS Moves to Counter Truck Convoy in US Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday Amid Trucker Protests

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had deployed 500 employees and is “surging additional staff” in coordination with California police forces to prevent disruptions at the Super Bowl in response to an international trucking protest.

The press secretary’s comments came just moments after President Biden spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding a two-week trucking protest that has disrupted transportation routes and supply chains between the U.S. and Canada.

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

Far-Left Activist Charged Over Vandalizing Slain Female Chicago Officer’s Memorial

On Wednesday, the Illinois State Police announced that authorities had arrested the far-left activist accused of vandalizing slain Chicago police officer Ella French’s memorial, which had been set up in the James R. Thompson Center.

In a press release, the Illinois State Police said that law endorcement arrested 26-year-old Anna Kochakian and charged her with the Class Four felony of Criminal Damage to Property — Defacement of a Police Memorial.

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

Fed Up With Their County, Upstate Towns Consider Secession

MARILLA, N.Y. (AP) — Some towns in upstate New York opposed to mask mandates and other public health measures put in place during the pandemic are considering voting with their feet and switching counties.

The Buffalo News reported representatives from Marilla, Wales, Holland and Grand Island were among a group that met last week to discuss leaving Erie County for Wyoming or Niagara counties.

Marilla Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr., whose town is about 8 miles from downtown Buffalo and hosted the meeting, said the effort is serious and that Erie County government directs more of its resources toward Buffalo and its close suburbs at the expense of smaller towns.

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

Federal Judge Stops Biden Admin’s Carbon Cost Executive Order

Afederal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Friday against President Joe Biden’s executive order to force a carbon cost on nearly every aspect of American life.

The executive order “established a ‘working group’ of federal appointees to establish a damage value, or ‘social cost,’ based upon global environmental damages from climate changes,” according to the attorney general’s office.

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Five Phoenix Police Officers Shot, Wounded While Trying to Rescue Baby

Five police officers were shot, four of whom were trying to rescue a baby, early Friday morning in Phoenix, Arizona.

FOX 10 notes the first officer was shot when he responded to a shooting call at residence near 51st and Broadway. A barricade situation followed, with the shooting suspect holed up in the residence.

[…]

A baby was placed outside the door of the residence “at some point” and four other officers were shot while trying to rescue the baby.

Four of the five wounded officers are stable and one is critical…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Hypocrisy: Gov. Whitmer Supported the 2020 BLM Riots But Opposes the Freedom Convoy

Despite supporting the 2020 summer Black Lives Matter riots, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that conservative media supporting the Freedom Convoy protest up north in Canada against COVID-19 mandates is “unhelpful” and “dangerous.”

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

Joe Rogan Calls on CNN to ‘Change Your Model’ If They Want Gain Back an Audience

Beleaguered podcaster Joe Rogan dolled out some free, unsolicited advice to CNN on his Thursday night episode.

If you want to do better, just f**king change your model,” he said. “Change the way you do it.”

Rogan has consistently been the subject of the network’s ire over the last several months as various personalities have criticized him for peddling the drug Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, which they dubbed a “horse dewormer,” and more recently for hosting a variety of medical professionals on his show, some of whom question the efficacy of the COVID vaccines.

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

Jon Stewart: “Who Gets to Decide” What’s ‘Misinformation’?

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart has expressed his concern about ‘fact checkers’ and the legacy media being given the power to label certain narratives “misinformation,” asking the question, “who gets to decide?”

“These are shifting sands,” Stewart explained during a podcast hosted by Apple TV+.

“I think I get concerned with, well who gets to decide what that (is),” he added.

“In the Iraq war, I was on the side of what you would think, on the mainstream is misinformation, I was promoting what they would call misinformation, but it turned out to be right years later and the establishment media was wrong,” Stewart asserted

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

Little Students in Las Vegas Celebrate the End of Wearing Face Masks in School

They couldn’t mask their excitement.

Adorable video shows young kids at a Las Vegas school jumping for joy when told they could ditch their face masks.

The footage, posted to Twitter on Thursday, captured the class of youngsters at an unnamed elementary school jumping up, dancing and cheering in glee when told Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak had rescinded the state’s COVID-19 mask mandate earlier in the day.

“Starting tomorrow, we don’t have to wear masks anymore!” a teacher shouts to the students, prompting the kids to jump out of their seats and pump their fists in elation, the clip shows.

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

New York Middle School Play Praises COVID Vaccines, Says Unvaxxed Kids Won’t Have Friends

A New York City public school put on a holiday show in which 5th-8th graders sang “It’s safe to vax and if your friends don’t vax then they ain’t no friends of mine,” according to a mother who attended and shared her recordings with Just the News.

While the singing is hard to understand, the visual elements make clear the children at the Upper West Side’s M.S. 243 Center School are being taught to celebrate COVID-19 vaccines and single out unvaccinated peers

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

One US Education Dept. Supports BLM Activism Week Stressing End of Nuclear Family, Just 3 Reject it

Only one state department of education pledged support for the controversial “BLM at School Week of Action” program that has been implemented in schools across the country and which calls for the “disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics.”

Fox News Digital reached out to all 50 state departments of education asking if they endorse or support the program that was implemented in schools stretching from Washington state to Massachusetts last week. Washington state’s equivalent of the department of education was the only one to say it is “supportive of school districts who want to recognize Black Lives Matter At School Week in their schools.”

Three state departments of education told Fox News Digital they do not support the curricula: South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana.

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

Phoenix Police Identify Man Suspected of Killing Woman, Wounding 9 Officers

A man was found dead after Phoenix police said he fatally shot his former girlfriend and injured five officers early Friday at a home near 51st Avenue and Broadway Road.

The man was identified as Morris Jones, 36, police said during a news conference on Friday afternoon. The woman was not identified.

Four other Phoenix police officers were wounded during the incident by bullet shrapnel, according to spokesperson Sgt. Andy Williams. Officials previously said only three officers were wounded by shrapnel.

The injuries to nine Phoenix police officers could possibly be the most to occur in a single incident at the department, Williams said.

Williams explained the investigation is “incredibly complex” and information is subject to change. As of 4 p.m., Williams said that of the five officers shot, four remained hospitalized and that all were expected to survive.

Mayor Kate Gallego, Chief Jeri Williams and other city leaders condemned the incident as a “senseless act of violence” and commended officers during a Friday news conference.

[…]

How did the shootings happen?

Phoenix police responded to the home at about 2:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a report of a woman who was shot.

The shooter invited the first arriving officer inside and then “ambushed” him as he approached the door and shot him several times, Sgt. Williams said. The officer was able to get to safety as backup arrived and called out the occupants of the home.

Then, another man from inside the home came out holding a baby girl, Sgt. Williams said. He placed the baby on the ground, walked toward police and was detained.

As officers attempted to take the baby to safety, four officers were shot, Sgt. Williams said. Another four were injured by bullet shrapnel.

Two officers returned fire and the shooter then barricaded himself in the home, Sgt. Williams said.

The scene was ultimately secured, police said. The suspect was found dead inside the home.

A woman was also found injured in the home, Williams said. She died Friday afternoon, Sgt. Williams confirmed to The Arizona Republic…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Rand Paul is 10-4 on Trucker Convoy in Canada Over COVID Mandates Coming to US, To ‘Clog Up Cities’

Libertarian-minded Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is getting behind the trucker convoy in Canada that opposes government-mandated COVID-19 vaccines and says he hope the movement comes to the U.S. to likewise “clog up cities.”

“I’m all for it,” Paul told The Daily Signal on Thursday. “Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country, from slavery to civil rights, to you name it. Peaceful protest, clog things up, make people think about the mandates.”

Paul also argued the United States contributed to the trucker outrage north of the border that has now essentially gridlocked Windsor, Ontario.

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

Ricky Schroder Wants US Truckers to ‘Shut Down’ Washington Over Vax Mandate

Actor Ricky Schroder has called on US truckers to “shut down” Washington over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, as he praised Canada’s “Freedom Convoy” truckers.

The 51-year-old former “Silver Spoons” star laid out his support for the ongoing protests in the north in a lengthy video to his 69,000 Instagram followers on Wednesday.

Schroder, who recorded himself sitting outside beside a fire, started the clip by reading a Bible verse before shifting his attention to the “Freedom Convoy” protesters.

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

San Francisco Losing Another Walgreens Store Months After ‘Retail Crime’ Shuttered 5 Locations

Walgreens said Thursday it plans to close another store in San Francisco this month, four months after the company closed several in the city due to “organized retail crime,” according to a report.

The company didn’t cite crime as the reason for the forthcoming closure at the Kearny Street location in the city’s downtown area.

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Sarah Palin Error in Editorial Was ‘Honest Mistake, ‘ New York Times’ Lawyer Claims

An assertion in a New York Times editorial that linked a 2011 mass shooting to a map created by Sarah Palin’s political action committee was an “honest mistake” and not a part of a conspiracy by the newspaper to smear the former Alaska governor, a lawyer for the Gray Lady said Friday.

Attorney David Axelrod made the argument in his closing statement to the Manhattan federal jury that will soon decide if the Times defamed Palin in the 2017 editorial, “America’s Lethal Politics.”

“It’s about an honest mistake,” Axelrod told the nine-person jury, who started deliberating Friday afternoon. “It wasn’t a political hit piece.”

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

Senators: CIA Has Secret Surveillance Program That Collects American’s Private Data

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been secretly collecting data in bulk for years without a warrant and some of this data includes information about Americans, according to a newly declassified letter sent by the Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich.

In the declassified April 2021 letter, Wyden and Heinrich alleged that the CIA has secretly conducted its own bulk data collection program which was authorized under Executive Order 12333 — an order signed by President Ronald Regan in 1981 that extended the surveillance powers of US intelligence agencies.

According to the senators, this authorization under Executive Order 12333 allows the CIA to conduct secret surveillance without any “judicial, congressional or even executive branch oversight.”

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

Senate Bills Protect Conservative Speech, Ban Critical Race Theory

A bill to prevent university administrators from stifling conservative speech, a bill to count classes on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as credit toward diversity and ethnic studies course requirements and a bill banning critical race theory from college campuses all received a public hearing on Thursday.

In the hearing of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, several conservative college students gave testimony saying they felt like they were unable to speak up about their views in a variety of classes while university professors said the bill banning critical race theory would have a chilling effect on campus speech and academic freedom.

Republicans in Wisconsin and across the country have spent the past year and a half working to ban critical race theory — a graduate school-level framework that states American institutions are shaped by racism — from universities, K-12 schools and trainings for government employees. The movement has resulted in school districts across the country banning books from libraries and school curricula.

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

Shocking: Middle School Student Reportedly Locked in Room for Not Wearing a Mask

A middle school student in Elgin, Illinois, was reportedly locked in a room at school for not wearing his mask. In the video, a child can be heard trying to get out of a room, and a masked adult can be seen through the window keeping the door closed.

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

State GOP Leaders Scuttle Buckhead Secession Push in 2022

The effort to pass a Buckhead cityhood referendum this year has been effectively scuttled after House Speaker David Ralston joined a growing chorus of Republicans who agreed to give new Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens time to curb violent crime before considering legislation to split the city.

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Thousands of NYC Workers to Lose Jobs Friday as Vaccine Deadline Ends

Thousands of unvaccinated Big Apple city workers are set to lose their jobs Friday, which marks the end of the grace period to get a COVID-19 jab.

Nearly 4,000 of the city’s roughly 400,000 municipal employees are at risk of getting axed under the divisive mandate made by the previous administration in October, the city has said.

Current Mayor Eric Adams confirmed this week that he will go ahead with the terminations despite legal objections and a swell of protests, including a march to City Hall.

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

Twitter Drops Service Provider After Accusations it Was Used to Surveil People

Twitter has told Sen. Ron Wyden that it has finally severed ties with a Swiss-based tech company that was accused of exposing sensitive data. Several other companies have since stopped business with the tech firm.

Mitto helps telecom companies deliver text messages in bulk to billions of people around the globe. The company sends automated texts for things such as two-factor security codes, promotions, and appointment reminders.

Towards the end of last year, Mitto’s co-founder and COO Ilja Gorelik was accused of selling access to the company’s networks, allowing the clandestine access of people’s locations and even call logs, according to Bloomberg.

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

Virginia’s GOP-Led House Passes Seven Election Bills Including Ones on Voter ID, Early Voting

The GOP-led Virginia House of Delegates has passed seven election-reform bills this week, including one that will require photo ID to vote and another to shorten the commonwealth’s early voting period.

The measure would cut early voting from a month and a half to two weeks, and another, if passed, would require voters to submit absentee ballot requests for each election, according to The Virginia Star newspaper.

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

Woodland Students, Community Members Protest Mask Mandate Friday

A group of Woodland students and community members protested the state’s mask mandate Friday.

About 80 students from fifth to eighth grade participated in an organized protest outside the middle school Friday morning, said Eric Jacobson, communications manager for Woodland Public Schools. A group of parents and community members also were outside the school with signs against the mandate, he said.

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

Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Remained Blocked to Traffic Thursday Night

Anti-lockdown protesters calling for an end to all COVID-19 restrictions, including cross-border quarantine and vaccination requirements for truckers, are continuing to blockade the busiest border crossing between Canada and the U.S.

Friday morning, in response to the Freedom Convoy protest now in its second week in Ottawa, another convoy promised in Toronto on Saturday, and the ongoing blockade at the Windsor-Detroit crossing, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency and threatened heavy fines and possible jail time for those disrupting Ontarians “way of life.”

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

Biden Urges Trudeau to Use Fed Powers to End Bridge Blockade

The White House has urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use federal powers to get trucks in the ongoing blockade moving again as the fervent COVID-19 demonstrations continue to disrupt economies on both sides of the border.

The so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters blocked the Ambassador Bridge linking Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit for a fourth consecutive day Thursday, prompting the Biden administration to call on Canadian officials to demand an immediate end to the blockade.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discussed the matter with their Canadian counterparts, a White House official told CNN. President Biden is “being regularly briefed” on the situation, the official said.

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Bonnie Henry Expands Vaccine Mandate to Private Practices

While four provinces declared this week they would be dropping vaccine mandates and other COVID restrictions in the immediate future, British Columbia announced it was expanding the forced shots to include all health care professionals in private practice.

B.C.’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday that the province would be extending its mandatory vaccination policy to include all regulated health care professionals not yet covered, including chiropractors, dentists, midwives, acupuncturists, practitioners of Chinese medicine and many others.

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Breaking: TD Bank to Hand Nearly $1.4m in Freedom Convoy Funds to Ontario Court

Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank struck a financial blow against the “Freedom Convoy” protesters in Ottawa on Friday, announcing that it plans to surrender $1.4 million in donations to the group to an Ontario court.

TD Bank confirmed it had frozen accounts holding the cash in private accounts and is now applying to the Ontario Superior Court to accept the money, and will file an interpleader application that, if granted, allows the court to accept the funds and decide how to disburse it.

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Breaking: Manitoba Dropping Vaccine Passports and Mask Mandates

Manitoba is joining Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island in dropping its vaccine passports and mask mandate.

Premier Heather Stefanson and the province’s chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the province’s reopening plan on Friday.

On March 1st, the province intends to remove its vaccine passport program.

On March 15th, along with all public health restrictions, the province’s mask mandate will be dropped.

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Breaking: Freedom Protesters Hold the Line After Judge Orders Ambassador Bridge Cleared

An Ontario Judge has ordered the protesters at Ambassador Bridge to clear the site on Friday, as the Canadian establishment actively seeks to end the freedom demonstrations that have cost them millions of dollars in disruptions.

Despite the order, freedom protesters are holding the line and supporting each other.

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Canadian Judge Orders 7 P.M. End to Border Bridge Blockade

A Canadian court ordered a group of trucker protestors off of a border bridge between Ontario and Michigan Friday, giving the blockade until 7 p.m. to disperse.

The so-called “Freedom Convoy” has been blocking traffic from the bridge for five days in protest of COVID-19 mandates, forcing plant closures and work stoppages in Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, because materials can’t get across the border.

Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court gave the order following a four-and-a-half hour hearing, Friday, at which attorneys for the city of Windsor and auto parts manufacturers argued the protest was causing undue economic harm.

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Canadian Trucker Protests Are Rocking the World — Especially the U.S.

Joel Pollak joins Ezra Levant

For nearly two weeks now, Canada’s freedom convoy protests have been making waves across the nation — and indeed, the world.

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Joel Pollak (follow @JoelPollak on Twitter) joined Ezra to talk about the impacts the Canadian trucker protests have had on politics in the United States.

This is just an excerpt from the full Ezra Levant Show.

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Freedom Protesters and Police Hug During Ford’s ‘State of Emergency’

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of “severe” consequences against the ongoing protests on Friday, it doesn’t match the situation on the ground.

On the one hand, the heightened rhetoric comes with the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan and Ontario and a Canadian judge ordering the protesters to clear the site or risk arrest and vehicle seizures.

The Post Millennial‘s Beth Baisch is in Ottawa and she’s captured scenes that have conflicted with the mainstream narrative about the trucker convoy demonstration.

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Halifax Police Planning for a ‘Large Disruption’ Ahead of Anti-Mandate Protest

Halifax Regional Police are warning the public about what they expect to be a “large disruption” Saturday afternoon, when a protest convoy against COVID-19 mandates is expected to take place.

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Justin Trudeau Promises ‘Quick Action’ on Trucker Blockade in Call With Biden

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised “quick action” in response to the so-called “Freedom Convoy” blockading a key border crossing on the Michigan border, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

The commitment came during a Friday call between Trudeau and President Biden over ongoing protests against Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions.

“The two leaders agreed that the actions of the individuals who are obstructing travel and commerce between our two countries are having significant direct impacts on citizens’ lives and livelihoods,” Psaki said.

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Milk River Blockaders Say They’re United, Peaceful and Not Giving Up

If you were to believe Justin Trudeau, many mainstream media outlets, and progressive activists on Twitter about the type of people comprising the freedom convoy in Ottawa and the folks protesting at Coutts and Milk River, Alberta you’d likely imagine the protest sites to be violent, dangerous, racist and ridden with all form of inequity. If you believed all those sources you’d also be completely out of touch with reality.

Rather than setting up cameras behind distant RCMP barricades or regurgitating bogus narratives, we opted to actually do some real journalism and get a firsthand account of the scene and the people at the Milk River RCMP blockade.

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National Defence Says Military Not Involved in Ottawa Convoy Protests

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has said it has no plans to intervene in the ongoing Ottawa trucker convoy protests that are entering their third week of demonstrations.

Ottawa Police chief Peter Sloly said he was looking at possible “military aid to civil power” on Wednesday, prompting military officials to shut down any speculation that they might assist in dispersing protestors.

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New Poll Shows Half of Canadians Sympathize With Trucker Convoy

A new Ipsos poll shows growing support for the trucker convoy and freedom protestors.

The survey, which was commissioned by Global News, found that 46% of respondents said that the grievances expressed by the protestors are “legitimate and worthy” of sympathy.

When asked exclusively of 18 to 34 year-olds, support shot up to 61%.

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No Dismissals at Public Health Agency After PPE Stockpile Screwup

The shocking admission was made during a House of Commons public accounts committee meeting on Thursday afternoon during an exchange between Ontario Conservative MP Philip Lawrence and Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, president of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), tasked with the responsibility pandemic preparedness, emptied several strategic stockpiles, allowed others to expire and closed warehouses to save money — though PHAC’s own internal reports from 2011 warned managers to maintain a four month supply of masks, gloves and gowns.

Tossed in the landfill were 8,839,942 masks, gowns and other PPE the year before the outbreak of COVID. PHAC had an annual budget at the time of more than $600 million.

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Ontario Residents Cheering on the Freedom Protests on Facebook Get a Visit From Police

Police in Ontario have admitted to scanning Facebook Groups for those that support the Freedom Convoy protests, finding their addresses and turning up at their doorstep to provide “information” about peaceful protests.

A viral video from a woman has been shared around social media, showing an officer turning up on the doorstep after the woman was taking part in a freedom-focussed Facebook group.

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Pierre Poilievre Calls for Trudeau to Drop COVID-19 Restrictions

Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP and CPC leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has demanded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remove COVID-19 measures and let Canadians resume control of their own lives.

“Listen to the experts, prime minister,” said Poilievre in a letter on Thursday. “By following the science, you can allow people to get their lives back.”

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Roadblock: Ambassador Bridge Protesters on Why They’ve Formed a Blockade

Earlier this week, we ventured to Windsor, Ont., to check out the latest — and most financially significant — trucker protest in Canada. On Monday evening, several truckers parked their 18-wheelers on the Ambassador Bridge, eventually forcing the bridge to close.

Several hours later, the trucks moved off the bridge, but some of the big rigs as well as several cars, pickup trucks and campers blockaded the Ambassador Bridge offramp to Windsor. That meant vehicle traffic coming from the U.S. to Canada was completely shut down.

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Spirits Remain High in Ottawa Convoy Protest on Thursday Night

Rebel News has a team embedded in the Ottawa Freedom Convoy as the protest against vaccine mandates and coronavirus restrictions continues. Thousands of truckers and their supporters have descended on Ottawa in what Mayor Jim Watson calls an “occupation”.

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State of Emergency Declared in Ontario Over Trucker Blockades: ‘It’s Time to Go’

Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency Friday in the Canadian province while asking protesters angry over COVID-19 restrictions to “go home” and end their blockades.

Ford gave a stern warning to protesters in Ottawa and at the Ambassador Bridge, saying he would press for new legislation Saturday to crack down on their demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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The Psychological Harms of Prolonged Mask Wearing for Kids

Dr. Chuck Geddes

In this report, I sit down to interview Dr. Chuck Geddes, a registered child psychologist in British Columbia, the author of “Children and Complex Trauma: A Roadmap for Healing and Recovery“ and the owner of Complex Trauma Resources, an organization which helps support children and families who have experienced significant stress and trauma.

Geddes discusses four key areas in which prolonged mask wearing may be psychologically harmful for our children. This may be seen through impairment to children’s development and increasing mental health problems manifesting through suicidal thoughts and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Third Liberal MP Asks Trudeau Government for a Plan to Lift Restrictions

Liberal Anthony Housefather has become the third MP of his Party to ask Trudeau to lift the restrictions.

“But what I do agree with is that every level of government needs to effectively communicate with the population, what its plans are with respect to all restrictions, and needs to explain why they are there, and at what point they will be removed. And that is an important thing that all levels of government need to do,” Housefather said on February 10.

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Trailer: Operation Bearhug

For the last 10 days, Rebel News has been embedded inside the Coutts border protest, where hundreds of truckers blocked the border in protest of COVID-19 mandates.

It was a thrilling story that had a different development every five minutes. This pushed us into an evolution in our reporting style — posting breaking news and mixing it together in longer form.

We were unable to get our usual reports up in a timely fashion due to being in the middle of nowhere — Coutts is a village of less than 300 people.

We never stopped filming.

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Truckers in Southern Alberta Hold the Line Despite RCMP Enforcement

The scene at the RCMP blockade just outside of Milk River, Alberta is truly something to behold. A group ranging from hundreds to at times thousands as rallied together and set up a makeshift village along the highway in support of the truckers down in Coutts, Alberta blockading the border.

For those unfamiliar with the situation, or perhaps those who have been misled about what is happening at this site, all vehicles are pulled off to the sides of the highway or parked in the ditch. The only vehicles impeding traffic at in fact RCMP and police vehicles. There are campfires, play areas, impromptu kitchens, coffee and snack stations, all of which is being shared for free. Aside from the fact that everything is set up alongside the highway, it feels entirely like a family reunion campout.

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Trudeau Vows to Do ‘Whatever it Takes’ To End Freedom Convoy Protests

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is vowing to do “whatever it takes” to shut down the Freedom Convoy protesters who are blocking Ottawa streets and transportation arteries across the U.S.-Canada border.

The prime minister held a series of meetings with opposition leaders, cabinet officials and senior members of government about the ongoing protests that have effectively shut down the capital city’s downtown core, the Ambassador Bridge and several other border crossings connecting the United States and Canada.

In a statement late Thursday evening, the prime minister’s office announced that Trudeau is considering every option to break the protest — points that he reiterated in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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Dutch Parliamentary Committee Blocks Request for COVID Data

The Forum for Democracy party has been trying for months to find out what percentage of Corona patients in hospitals are vaccinated and unvaccinated. Both the Ministry of Health and RIVM refuse to provide this data.

“I can’t give them at all,” said RIVM boss Jaap van Dissel during a technical briefing to MP Pepijn van Houwelingen. “You will receive the longer answer shortly.” That answer never came.

Van Houwelingen again requested during a meeting of the VWS committee on Thursday that RIVM share the available Covid-19 data at hospital level with parliament within a week. A majority of the committee members refused to support the request. Van Houwelingen expressed his indignation: “What are your promises worth?”

“I can hardly believe what I’m hearing,” Van Houwelingen said. “It’s just a request for a reason why data can’t be given. If we, as a committee, already lie because of that — that to me is really unbelievable.”

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France: Thousands of Cops Deployed in Paris to Block COVID Protest Convoys

Thousands of cops were deployed in Paris on Friday to try to prevent convoys from forming like the ones in Canada — as protests against COVID-19 restrictions spread across the globe.

Authorities in and around France’s capital stationed more than 7,000 officers at tollbooths and other key transportation sites in an attempt to stave off the scattered convoys of vans, cars and trucks that were en route to the city, despite a ban issued a day earlier.

Citing “risks of trouble to public order,” Paris police have banned the protests from Friday through Monday. Violators who block traffic can face up to two years in prison, more than $5,000 in fines and a suspended license, officials said.

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France: Teens Lynched by Mob of Youths Over ‘Bad Look’

A pair of teenagers was brutally beaten by a large mob of very young suspects over a ‘sideways glance’ in France this week, according to reports.

The disturbing incident unfolded at around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz, a city in the department of Moselle in northeastern France.

A pair of 16-year-olds was skateboarding around the steps of the Arsenal when they were confronted by two suspects around the ages of 12 or 13.

The tweens were physically aggressive, outraged over a perceived ‘bad look’ they had received, Le Républicain Lorrain reports.

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German Court Rules Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Can Proceed

Germany’s Constitutional Court on Friday ruled that a mandate requiring health care workers to present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or recovery from the disease should go into force as planned.

Opponents had sought an injunction to postpone the mandate’s application while a legal challenge against its constitutionality is formally reviewed.

A decision on whether the vaccine mandate is constitutional will be ruled on by the court at a later date. The mandate is due to begin on March 15.

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Italian Bishop Suspends Priest for Opposing Vaccine Mandate

ROME — The bishop of the northern Italian diocese of Bergamo has suspended a priest of the diocese for publicly opposing Italy’s vaccine mandate.

Bergamo Bishop Francesco Beschi relieved Father Emanuele Personeni from all pastoral duties just prior to the priest’s planned tour of parishes throughout Italy to protest the government’s imposition of the Green Pass on citizens.

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Telegram Begins Blocking Some Channels in Germany After Meeting With Government

After meeting with German government officials, Telegram has blocked several channels, one of which is run by Attila Hildmann, who has been labeled a Covid “conspiracy theorist” by the media.

The messaging platform appears to have caved to the political pressure and the block has been implemented not only through the app versions of Telegram (which have in the past been censored due to Apple and Google app store rules) but on the web and desktop versions too.

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The UK Wants to Police “Misinformation” Online. Its Own Health Service Was Caught Posting False Info

Less than a week after the UK proposed criminalizing the posting of some types of “knowingly false” information online, England’s National Health Service has taken down a social media video over inaccurate information.

Last week, NHS England posted a video on its Twitter account with more than half-a-million followers to promote vaccination in kids.

The video claimed that 1% of children will be hospitalized because of Covid, 136 kids in the UK had died because of Covid, and 117,000 children have “long Covid.”

The video went viral attracting comments and retweets from some of the most popular influencers in the health category.

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UK: Khan’s London: Farage Roasts Mayor for Firing Police Chief in ‘Woke’ Purge, But Not for Knife Crime, Gang Violence

Brexit Boss Nigel Farage has blasted Sadiq Khan’s reasoning for firing Met Police Chief Cressida Dick for not being “woke enough” rather than for her abysmal record on crime in London.

Nigel Farage has called out the Labour Party’s leftist Mayor of London Sadiq Khan over his decision to only sack Cressida Dick now over her perceived failure to “root out the racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination and misogyny” Khan claims still exists in the Metropolitan Police, rather than years ago for her abysmal record on violent crime in London.

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Unforeseen Consequences? Unvaccinated Nurses Called Back to Work in Finland After Mandate Causes Shortages

Health authorities in Finland have admitted they have been forced to call back unvaccinated nurses due to worker shortages a week after Finland banned the unjabbed from frontline roles in healthcare.

Last week, Finland’s amendment to its Communicable Diseases Act that banned unvaccinated healthcare workers from jobs requiring interaction with patients and customers came into effect, but some health authorities say they are forced to call back unvaccinated professionals as they faced “great” staff shortages.

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Virulent Anti-Vaccine Critic and Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier Passes Away

Luc Montagnier, the French virologist, Nobel laureate and vehement vaccine critic has died. He was 89. He passed away on February 8 at a hospital in a suburb of Paris.

The scientist from the Pasteur Institute in Paris shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Germany’s Harald zur Hausen. He will be remembered as a scientist who spoke the truth to power.

[Comment: Rest in Peace to a great man.]

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Caroline Glick: The Ayatollahs’ Men in Washington

Former Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif recently co-authored a book in Farsi about the 2015 nuclear deal that tells us a great deal about how we should be assessing the nuclear negotiations taking place in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., Russia, China, France, Germany and France). Titled, The Nuclear Deal: The Untold Story of the JCPOA, Projecting Iran’s Security, Rights and Development, the book sheds light on a critical question. How did the U.S. come to accept Iran’s negotiating terms on all the major issues despite bipartisan opposition to Iran’s illicit nuclear program?

Iranian human rights activist Heshmat Alavi translated the relevant portion of Zarif’s memoir on his Twitter account. Zarif wrote that in 2014, the regime decided to send a copy of their draft agreement to the other negotiating teams through “an individual in contact with the U.S. delegation and an active International Crisis Group (ICG) member”

“The goal,” Zarif explained, “was to pave the path for lobbying for our draft agreement.”

Zarif wrote that the highly secretive move produced the desired result. After the ICG’s Iran desk officer Ali Vaez received Iran’s draft agreement, the ICG published its own policy paper, which he authored that reflected the contents of the Iranian draft. Vaez’s paper, “Iran and the P5+1: Solving the Nuclear Rubik’s Cube,” was embraced by Americans and became the basis for the 2015 nuclear deal.

Until 2014, Vaez’s boss was Robert Malley, who joined the Obama administration that year after serving as the ICG’s Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Shortly after joining the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and the White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, Malley became a leading member of the U.S. negotiating team with Iran.

In 2017, Malley returned to the ICG as its head of policy and later became its president. Malley left the ICG again in 2021 when President Joe Biden appointed him to serve as his envoy for talks with Iran…

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French President Emmanuel Macron Refused to Take Russian COVID Test

So that’s why they had that ginormous table between them.

French President Emmanuel Macron refused to take a Russian COVID-19 test this week ahead of his meeting with President Vladimir Putin over fears of the Kremlin keeping his DNA, according to a new report.

Two sources familiar with Macron’s health protocols told Reuters that the French president was given two options for the meeting: Agree to a PCR test administered by Russia authorities to meet closely with Putin or abide by stricter social distancing guidelines.

“We knew very well that meant no handshake and that long table,” one of the sources told the outlet. “But we could not accept that they get their hands on the president’s DNA.”

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Australia’s Biggest Convoy Descends on the Capital

A huge crowd is building in Canberra as the anti-mandate Convoy To Canberra protest gains momentum in the nation’s capital.

Last night traffic was brought to a standstill as cars, caravans, trucks and buses flooded into the city from all states.

The crowd today met at Commonwealth Park before starting the march to Parliament House where a range of speakers will address the crowd.

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Canadian Freedom Convoy Inspires New Zealanders to Protest Government Restrictions

New Zealand now is in it’s fourth day of mass protests over their government’s strict COVID policies, and more people are arriving every day.

They appear to be inspired by the events of the Freedom Convoy, which, in turn, appear to be resonating with people watching them worldwide.

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Canberra Convoy Given Eviction Date From Showgrounds

The Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) is preparing to carry out significant works in relation to the upcoming Royal Canberra Show held February 25 to 27.

Right now, the venue is packed full of anti-mandate protesters who are camping in the area as part of the ongoing protest.

Protesters have been camping at Exhibition Park after their ‘tent city’ was moved on from outside the National Library.

Hundreds of cars, caravans, buses and trucks, as seen in drone footage from the camp, have rolled into the nation’s capital with a protests expected to continue this weekend.

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New Zealand Police Back Off as Freedom Convoy Protests Build

An estimated 1,500 pro-freedom demonstrators continued to rally outside the New Zealand Parliament on Friday in defiance of the police and the government. They gathered in what was described as a carnival atmosphere just 24-hours after some 120 of their number were arrested and removed.

After witnessing the shocking footage of how New Zealand’s police handled the protestors, who were initially supported by politicians and allowed onto the lawn outside the Wellington parliament, alongside the mass arrests — including a lady who was dragged naked by her hair across the lawn by the police — the freedom convoy crowd has now increased from 200 to 1,500.

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North Macedonia: Indian Migrants Detained on New Route

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia have detained 16 migrants from India who were allegedly trying to enter neighboring Greece illegally, as migrant-smuggling gangs try new routes in answer to pandemic travel restrictions and tougher border controls.

Three Pakistani men aged 21 to 31 but not further identified who were traveling with the Indian migrants were arrested on smuggling charges, authorities said Thursday.

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Polish Couple Sentenced in Germany for Inhumane Transport of Migrants Through Belarus

A Polish couple has been sentenced by a German court to jail terms for stuffing 16 Kurdish migrants into a van and driving them to Germany from Belarus under inhumane conditions.

“You have made yourselves guilty of inhumane and degrading treatment of people,” the judge said on February 10.

The judge imposed a three-year sentence on the 39-year-old man, who was found to lack a driver’s license.

The woman received a sentence of two years and four months.

The couple had admitted transporting the Iraqi Kurdish group — 12 adults and four children — from the city of Bialystok on Belarus’s border through Poland to Germany, where they were discovered by police in what were called inhumane conditions.

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Revealed: How You’re Paying the Family of Britain’s Most Toxic Landlord (Who Has Changed His Name to Adolf) A Fortune to House Migrants

Few people outside his Brighton and Hove ‘manor’ would know that Nicholas Hoogstraten, a man once described as ‘Britain’s most feared landlord’, has changed his name by deed poll.

He now calls himself, on official paperwork at least, Nicholas Adolf Von Hessen. Yes, Adolf.

Some might remember that, back in the Sixties, Hoogstraten began his criminal career by orchestrating a grenade attack on the home of a rabbi.

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Think of the Wildlife: NGOs Demand Poland Stop Border Wall Over Ecological Concerns

Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and others have called on Poland to stop the building of its anti-illegal immigration border barrier along the border with Belarus, claiming it could harm the local environment.

A group of 150 NGOs from 25 countries called on Poland to halt the border wall project in a letter sent to the European Union Commission in Poland earlier this week stating their concerns that the border barrier could have a negative environmental impact in the border area.

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Biden’s New DOE Hire is a Queer Activist Who Brags About ‘Puppy Play’ Gimp Kink

The Biden administration’s latest Department of Energy hire is a “queer activist” who brags about his “kink” of leading other gay men who are pretending to be dogs around on leashes before having sex with them.

We truly live in hell.

Sam Brinton was recently hired by the DoE as the Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition Deputy.

A Metro Weekly article contains some illuminating details about Brinton’s lifestyle as a handler in the “pup community.” And yes, it’s every bit as degenerate as you might think.

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The Sims 4 Wedding Stories Pack Won’t Release in Russia Over Censorship Law

Earlier this week, Maxis revealed The Sims 4 Wedding Stories game pack, including a trailer showing same-sex marriage representation in the game.

But the publisher shared a letter on Thursday, revealing that the game pack cannot be released in Russia, because of a potential violation of the country’s law against gay marriage.

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    Terrorimam supports Muslim protest against Sweden
    Domestic

    11 February 2022

    The terror-linked imam Abo Raad in Gävle supports the Arab wave of protests against Sweden and Swedish authorities. It appears from posts he wrote on Facebook. And now on Sunday a larger demonstration is planned in Gothenburg.

    The Muslim dissatisfaction with the Swedish LVU law, where children who risk being harmed can be taken care of by the authorities, is growing. The protests have also received a great deal of international attention. Mainly among Muslims living in the Middle East and in other countries.

    Now on Sunday, a larger demonstration is planned on Gustav Adolf’s square in Gothenburg. The dissatisfied Muslims claim, among other things, that Sweden is violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child by LVU-taking care of children.

    Led by violent Arabs
    Several of the leading figures in the Muslim wave of protests are Arabs who themselves have lost custody of their children. It appears from court documents that Samnytt has read.

    One of them is a man from Lebanon who came to Sweden with his Syrian wife and their joint children during the refugee crisis. As soon as the family came to Sweden, she left her husband. According to her, the ex-husband has been violent towards both her and their joint children. The woman now has sole custody of the child and lives with protected personal data.

    Another of the leading men in the protest movement lost custody of his child due to his wife’s drug abuse. After several attempts by the authorities to resolve the situation, it eventually became so chaotic that several police patrols had to be alerted to save the children from their drug-psychotic mother.

    READ ALSO: Here the criminal clan gathers outside the castle

    Supported by radical imam
    Gävleimamen Abo Raad, who has a large following among radical Muslims in Sweden, is another person who supports the protest movement. In several posts and videos on his Facebook page, he accuses Swedish authorities of kidnapping Muslim children.

    In the posts, the Raad urges Muslims to participate in the demonstrations that are organized in various places in protest against Sweden.

    READ ALSO: Salafist imam Abo Raad to trial again

    Acute threat to Sweden
    The security police have classified Abo Raad as an “acute threat to national security” and requested that he be deported to his home country Iraq. The reasons for this are covered by secrecy, but the Raad has been able to link it to the financing of the terrorist group Islamic State.

    In April 2019, Raad was taken into custody together with his son and placed in one of the Swedish Migration Agency’s detention centers. Six months later, however, they were released. Both the Migration Court and the Migration Court of Appeal considered that there was a risk that Abo Raad and his son would be harmed if they were deported to their home country.

    READ ALSO: SVT in tribute report for Islamistimam: “Hug party” and “rock star”

    Wants to “prevent assimilation”
    The protests against Swedish authorities also receive support from the Islamist party Nyans. In posts on Facebook, the party worries that cared for Muslim children will be Swedishized if they are placed in Swedish foster families.

    “Children belonging to another culture or religion must be guaranteed an upbringing in accordance with their original culture and religion at the placed family home to prevent possible assimilation,” the party writes, among other things.

    Mattias Albinsson

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