Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/18/2022

My internet went off abruptly last night at 11pm, and didn’t come back on until this morning. The news feed for last night is thus being posted late, and will only include everything I had on hand when the internet went down. Late arrivals will be included in the next news feed.

Police in Ottawa executed a major crackdown on freedom demonstrators, reportedly making mass arrests. Mounted police charged the demonstrators, and several people were knocked down and trampled by the horses. One of those who was trampled was an elderly woman using a walker, who is rumored to have died from her wounds. [As of the morning, it looks like those rumors have been confirmed.]

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

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

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Financial Crisis
» Czechia Reports Highest Rate of Inflation Since 1998
» Inflation in Poland Hits 22-Year High at 9.2%
 
USA
» Comedian Who Collapsed on Stage After Bragging About Booster Says She Won’t be Getting 4th Shot
» Halyna Hutchins’ Family Seeks Answers, Damages in Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Shooting. Now What?
» How Low Can it Go? CNN Records Worst Ratings in Eight Years
» Jordan Peterson & Douglas Murray Berated for Not Pulling Masks Up Quickly Enough After Sips
» Montana Attorney General Launching Investigation Into GoFundMe for Shutting Down Freedom Convoy
» Rand Paul Vows to “Force a Repeal of the Federal Regulation Mandating Masks”
» Video: Trump Promises “Justice is Coming for Hillary Clinton”
» Video: Crazy School Board Official Screams at Parent to “Get the F*** Out” For Not Wearing Mask
» Video: University Students Protest Against Mask Mandate Being Dropped
 
Canada
» Are There Any True Civil Libertarians on the Left?
» Axe-Wielding Mob Attacks Natural Gas Site Workers, RCMP in Northern BC
» Canadian Soldier Marching From Vancouver to Ottawa to Protest COVID Response
» Convoy Protesters React to Police Notices Issued Regarding a Coming Enforcement
» Fewer Than Sixty of the 1,020 Thornhill Ventilators Bought by Liberal Government Were Ever ‘Deployed’
» High Schooler in Sudbury Suspended for Alleged Mask Non-Compliance
» How B.C.’s Pacific Highway Border Blockade Began
» Is This Really a National Emergency? Alexa Lavoie Reports From Ottawa
» Journalist Andrew Lawton Pepper Sprayed by Ottawa Police
» Liberals Refuse to Cut Ties With Suzuki Over Violent Eco-Terrorist Rhetoric
» Live: Police Prepare to Remove Freedom Convoy Protesters in Ottawa
» Mass Arrests of Peaceful Protesters Underway in Ottawa
» Parliament Cancels Debate Over Emergencies Act
» Part Two: Rebel News in Ottawa: Livestream February 18 2022
» Part One: Rebel News in Ottawa: Livestream February 18 2022
» Rumour Circulates Online Suggesting Justin Trudeau is Making Money From COVID Vaccines
 
Europe and the EU
» Conservative Czech Firebrand Okamura Blocks Czech Pandemic Law Amendment With 6-Hour Speech
» Denmark Fact-Checks Scaremongering About COVID-19, Looks to End Vaccination Program
» Germany Sends Further Reinforcements to Baltics and Romania
» New Car Sales in Europe Drop for Seventh Consecutive Month
» New Polish Website Allows Users to Report Anti-Church Hate
» Orban on Bolsonaro Talks: ‘Hungary and Brazil Share Common Values’
» Polish Voters Flock to PiS as Latest Polling Shows Surge in Support
» Top EU Court Rules Brussels Can Freeze Funds for Hungary and Poland in Landmark Case
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters to Face Trial Over Barclays Bank Damage
» UK: Woke Teachers Banned From Promoting BLM and Left-Wing Political Bias in Education Crackdown
 
Russia
» Caroline Glick: Biden’s “Victory” Against Putin in Ukraine
» Donetsk Chemical Plant Explosion Rocks Rebels’ Meeting
» European Parliament Approves €1.2 Billion Emergency Aid to Ukraine
» Reports of Explosion in Donetsk Not Confirmed
» Sanctions Will be the Response to Any Conflict in Ukraine, Says Czech Foreign Minister as He Rules Out Miliary Participation
 
South Asia
» Malaysia’s Minister for Women Tells Husbands to Beat Their ‘Stubborn’ Wives for ‘Unruly’ Behavior
 
Latin America
» Mexico: Hundreds of Blackbirds Mysteriously Plummet Mid-Migration With Dozens Nosediving to Their Death
 
Immigration
» Greece: 25-Year-Old Wanted for Trafficking of Migrants (Photo)
» Greece: Thessaloniki Municipal Employee Arrested for Transporting Migrants
» Poll: Greeks, French Say Reducing Immigration Should be ‘High’ Priority
» ‘The Border is Sacred!’ — Polish PM Visits Construction Site at Polish-Belarusian Border
» Trudeau’s Prohibition on Protests Exempts Refugees, Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities
 
Culture Wars
» Facebook LGBT Activist Caught in Alleged Child Sex Sting Operation
» Majority of Young Germans Annoyed by Gender Politics
» One in Five Gen Z Adults Now Say They Are LGBTQ
» Queer Beer? Wasting German Tax Money
» UK: University Backtracks After Encouraging Staff to Use ‘Neopronouns’, ‘Emojiself, ‘ and ‘Catgender’ Terms
 

Czechia Reports Highest Rate of Inflation Since 1998

The January rise in consumer prices confirms that the Czech economy will face its highest ever monthly rise of inflation, and its highest rate of inflation since 1998.

According to analysts, year-on-year inflation is likely to exceed 10 percent in the coming months and will start to slow down significantly from the middle of the year. They estimate this year’s average inflation at about 9 percent.

Concerns about rising inflation expectations are likely to lead to an increase in the Czech National Bank’s interest rates after the national bank expected January inflation at 9.4 percent, i.e. half a percentage point lower than it actually was.

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

Inflation in Poland Hits 22-Year High at 9.2%

Inflation across Poland grew to 9.2 percent in the year to January 2022, reaching its highest level for 22 years.

Data published by Statistics Poland (GUS) revealed the rise in the cost of living, topping 9 percent for the first time since November 2000.

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

Comedian Who Collapsed on Stage After Bragging About Booster Says She Won’t be Getting 4th Shot

The comedian who collapsed on stage after bragging about getting her third booster shot told Dr. Drew during an interview that she probably won’t be getting a fourth shot.

Well, this is awkward.

As we previously highlighted, Heather McDonald had to be rushed to hospital after taking a tumble at a show in Tempe, Arizona earlier this month.

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

Halyna Hutchins’ Family Seeks Answers, Damages in Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Shooting. Now What?

Now that a wrongful death lawsuit has been launched against Alec Baldwin and scores of others in connection with a fatal shooting on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust,” what happens next?

Maybe nothing immediately, at least while the criminal investigation of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death is pending or if charges are eventually filed by the Santa Fe County sheriff and district attorney.

Hutchins, 42, died Oct. 21 during a rehearsal on the set, after she was shot with a real gun mysteriously loaded with a live bullet and wielded by Baldwin, the star of the Western and also one of its producers.

Here’s what some lawyers say are next steps:…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

How Low Can it Go? CNN Records Worst Ratings in Eight Years

CNN hit a new low last week, failing to average half a million viewers in a day, meaning the network registered its lowest ratings in the past eight years.

As Fox News reports, CNN managed to scrape 444,000 total day viewers from Feb. 7 — 13, a low not seen since 2015.

Even in primetime, CNN couldn’t top half a million viewers, averaging just 491,000.

Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson registered an average of 3.5 million viewers in the same slot.

As the report notes, more people are choosing to watch dreadful shows including Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, and The Real Housewives of Orange County on Bravo than are watching CNN at primetime.

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

Jordan Peterson & Douglas Murray Berated for Not Pulling Masks Up Quickly Enough After Sips

Douglas Murray and Jordan Peterson were repeatedly lectured by a manager at a theatre on Broadway because they failed to pull their face masks back up quickly enough after taking sips of beer.

Yes, really.

Murray relates what sounds like an absolute horror show of an experience in an article for the New York Post.

He was in New York with Peterson and some other friends to see “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Lyric Theatre.

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

Montana Attorney General Launching Investigation Into GoFundMe for Shutting Down Freedom Convoy

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is launching an investigation into GoFundMe for shutting down the nearly $10 million fundraiser for the Canadian “Freedom Convoy” protesters in Ottawa.

The fundraiser was initially launched by protest organizers to help pay for food, fuel, and other necessities used by truck drivers in the now three-week-long protest in the Canadian capital city’s downtown core.

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

Rand Paul Vows to “Force a Repeal of the Federal Regulation Mandating Masks”

Senator Rand Paul declared this week that he is already gathering signatures from lawmakers in an effort to force a vote to repeal federal mask mandates on planes.

In an Newsmax interview, Paul asserted that “what we’ve said [about] the vaccine mandates is, we’re sick and tired of the government mandating our behavior and taking our liberty away, and I’m as mad as the Canadian truckers are.”

“I want it to end,” Paul continued, adding “There’s no science behind these mask mandates, we’re just punishing our children, let’s end it.”

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

Video: Trump Promises “Justice is Coming for Hillary Clinton”

A new video released by the Trump campaign has vowed that “justice is coming for Hillary Clinton” amid revelations that her campaign attempted to frame a ‘Russian collusion’ narrative by infiltrating and planting ‘evidence’ on Trump’s servers.

The video features Trump making previous charges that Hillary spied on his campaign and being dismissed by the media.

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

Video: Crazy School Board Official Screams at Parent to “Get the F*** Out” For Not Wearing Mask

Another video of a concerned parent speaking out against mask mandates at a school board meeting has gone viral, this time because a board member went ape at the man for taking off his own mask to speak.

The footage shows an official on the Glenbrook South School Board in Illinois, which has chosen to keep mask mandates in schools, yelling at a man for daring to approach the mic unmasked.

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

Video: University Students Protest Against Mask Mandate Being Dropped

Students at the University of Nevada-Reno staged a protest earlier this week after the Democratic state governor announced that he was immediately ending the mask mandate, prompting the university to also end its mandate.

That’s right, the students were protesting against being able to take off the masks.

Govern us harder daddy!

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

Are There Any True Civil Libertarians on the Left?

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, we looked at the political response to Justin Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act.

Here’s a bit of what Ezra had to say:

“I remind you, there have been three righteous men in the Liberal Party who had the courage to stand up to Justin Trudeau. Who would’ve thought?

[Comment: No. The Left stands up for civil liberties only when its beneficial to their side.]

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

Axe-Wielding Mob Attacks Natural Gas Site Workers, RCMP in Northern BC

British Columbia RCMP are investigating after a mob of approximately 20 masked people reportedly attacked security guards with axes, smashed their vehicles’ windows and destroyed heavy equipment at a natural gas pipeline site in a remote corner of the province.

One officer was also reportedly injured after someone threw smoke bombs and blazing sticks of wood at police.

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

Canadian Soldier Marching From Vancouver to Ottawa to Protest COVID Response

A soldier who has served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 28 years is marching from Vancouver to Ottawa in solidarity with the Freedom Convoy and working Canadians against overbearing government COVID policies.

“About a week and a half ago, I was in complete and utter despair not knowing what I can do or how I can make a difference,” James Topp told True North. “Then there was finally a group of people banding together to do something, and it inspired me in a way I’ve never felt before.”

“Then I came up with this idea. I’m going to walk across the country. In protest.”

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

Convoy Protesters React to Police Notices Issued Regarding a Coming Enforcement

Monday morning Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act in an attempt to disperse the Convoy for Freedom trucker’s protest currently in its third week in the nation’s capital city.

The act gives police and authorities extraordinary powers of search, seizure and arrest of those deemed participating in an “unlawful demonstration”. Police have threatened to take the children of protesters into the custody of the province, snatch pets, bank accounts have been seized, and vehicles have been towed.

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

Fewer Than Sixty of the 1,020 Thornhill Ventilators Bought by Liberal Government Were Ever ‘Deployed’

Today’s government spending scandal information comes to us by way of an order paper response from the government to a question asked by Conservative MP Cheryl Galant that was read into the official parliamentary record two weeks ago.

In March 2020, the Trudeau government quickly allocated $2 billion to buy protective personal equipment. However, like with all government spending, that amount quickly ballooned to $8 billion. One of the businesses awarded that public health manna from heaven was Thornhill Medical which was the recipient of an agreement to spend $200,451,621 for the purchase of 1,020 ventilators.

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant asked Health Canada how many of the 1,020 Thornhill ventilators were delivered and then deployed.

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

High Schooler in Sudbury Suspended for Alleged Mask Non-Compliance

Masked madness continues in light of the incessant hysteria generated by bureaucrats — and amplified by legacy media outlets — around the safety of in-person learning. It could be partly to blame for why Cody Woods, a Grade 10 student at Confederation Secondary School in Sudbury, Ontario, was assaulted before being suspended by his principal, Marty Punkari, for alleged mask non-compliance.

The principal called police on Cody after classifying him as an “unwanted person.”

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

How B.C.’s Pacific Highway Border Blockade Began

This past weekend, British Columbia was added to the list of provinces that had a blockade in front of a Canada-U.S. border crossing — but it didn’t come into formation as one may assume.

On Saturday, February 12, a Freedom Convoy, which started in Chilliwack, B.C., set out to do a looping slow roll close to the Pacific Highway Border crossing in Surrey, B.C.

The convoy was prevented from doing so by RCMP.

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

Is This Really a National Emergency? Alexa Lavoie Reports From Ottawa

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra catches up with Rebel News’ Quebec-based journalist Alexa Lavoie (follow @ThevoiceAlexa on Twitter) for an on-the-ground update on the state of Ottawa under the Emergencies Act.

Alexa also discusses where French-speaking truckers are gathering, and the two talk about a recent press conference about the Emergencies Act.

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

Journalist Andrew Lawton Pepper Sprayed by Ottawa Police

While covering the police action against the Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa, True North‘s Andrew Lawton was pepper sprayed by police.

Candice Malcolm, the editor-in-chief of True North has now hired a lawyer to take the police to court.

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

Liberals Refuse to Cut Ties With Suzuki Over Violent Eco-Terrorist Rhetoric

An order paper response has the Environment Minister defending Suzuki’s free speech and right to peaceful assembly.

Suzuki, after attending an environmental protest in November, told B.C.’s CHEK News, “There are going to be pipelines blowing up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

He added, “I saw the power of civil disobedience. People in Extinction Rebellion are saying we’re headed in a direction of extinction and we’re rebelling against it. That’s why I’m here.”

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

Live: Police Prepare to Remove Freedom Convoy Protesters in Ottawa

Police in Ottawa are preparing to remove the freedom convoy protesters.

True North’s Andrew Lawton is reporting live on the scene.

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

Mass Arrests of Peaceful Protesters Underway in Ottawa

Police have commenced a massive operation to clear downtown Ottawa of peaceful protesters who are calling for an end to COVID-19 mandates.

Yesterday afternoon, police arrested Freedom Convoy organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber after all protestors were ordered to disperse from the area or face arrest earlier this week.

A notice distributed to demonstrators on Wednesday warned them to “leave the area now.”

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

Parliament Cancels Debate Over Emergencies Act

A Parliamentary debate over the unprecedented use of the Emergencies Act has been cancelled, due to the ongoing police raid in downtown Ottawa.

Liberal Speaker of the House Anthony Rota announced the Friday meetings in the House of Commons and the Senate over the Trudeau government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act in response to the ongoing freedom convoy that were scheduled would be axed.

At this moment, there is no indication whether further meetings will be cancelled or postponed. According to the government, a vote on the matter is still expected to be held early next week — after the police operation will likely be over.

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

Part Two: Rebel News in Ottawa: Livestream February 18 2022

Lincoln Jay was in Ottawa today livestreaming the protest supporting the Freedom Convoy.

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

Part One: Rebel News in Ottawa: Livestream February 18 2022

Lincoln Jay was in Ottawa today livestreaming the protest supporting the Freedom Convoy.

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

Rumour Circulates Online Suggesting Justin Trudeau is Making Money From COVID Vaccines

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing criticism online after an unsubstantiated claim that his foundation, the Trudeau Foundation, has stocks or ownership in the companies responsible for COVID-19 vaccine delivery systems.

This claim has gained traction partly because recent history shows that Trudeau is certainly not the poster child when it comes to ethical conduct. In fact, he has two conflict-of-interest violations against him, and barely escaped the third as recently as 2021.

But is he really profiteering from Canadian pharma-technology?

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

Conservative Czech Firebrand Okamura Blocks Czech Pandemic Law Amendment With 6-Hour Speech

On Tuesday, the head of the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD), Tomio Okamura, launched an effort to obstruct an amendment to the controversial pandemic law in the Chamber of Deputies, which many conservative politicians view as a threat to civil liberties in the country. During the session, Okamura gave a six-hour speech in opposition to the amendment. In the end, the deputies did not reach an agreement.

Before Okamura continued with his speech, the parties of the ruling coalition decided during a break that the Chamber of Deputies’s session could continue overnight.

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

Denmark Fact-Checks Scaremongering About COVID-19, Looks to End Vaccination Program

Denmark’s top health authority is fact-checking exaggerated statements on the danger of coronavirus, as the government looks to move past the crisis and focus on a return to normalcy, which includes ending the government’s national vaccination campaign and the infrastructure for mass vaccinations.

Denmark’s approach appears to be broadly different approach from that of many other Western governments. The country has ended all Covid-19 measures, including the obligation to wear face masks.

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

Germany Sends Further Reinforcements to Baltics and Romania

The first German contingent of reinforcements arrived at the military base near the Lithuanian town of Rukla on Thursday.

With a German convoy of 60 vehicles, 130 soldiers arrived in the Baltic state. A column of artillery and reconnaissance units departed from the Jägerbrück barracks in eastern Germany on Tuesday and reached Lithuania via Poland. In the next few days, a second convoy will set off with mortars and heavy transport vehicles to Rukla.

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

New Car Sales in Europe Drop for Seventh Consecutive Month

New car sales across Europe dropped by 6 percent in January compared to the same period last year, latest statistics show.

According to data posted on the website of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) on Thursday, 682,596 new cars were put on the market in the European Union in January, down from 726,411 in January last year.

It marks the seventh consecutive month in which the car industry has declined, but is an improvement on December when sales were down 22.8 percent on the same period last year.

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

New Polish Website Allows Users to Report Anti-Church Hate

“We stand behind Great Poles,” is the slogan under which Ordo Iuris, a legal body of lawyers with conservative views, wants to conduct a new online campaign to stop hate directed at prominent Catholics. The organization’s right-wing activists say they have had enough of accusations and lies which have been directed at Catholic greats from Poland such as Saint John Paul II and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski.

“Report a case of defamation of saint John Paul II or Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski,” the new website encourages. Through specific mechanisms connected to the portal, it is very simple to report the cases in question.

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

Orban on Bolsonaro Talks: ‘Hungary and Brazil Share Common Values’

Hungary and Brazil share the same approach on the issue of migration, as well as many of the other global challenges, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated at a joint press conference in Budapest on Thursday following a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Orban thanked the Brazilian prime minister for his efforts to keep the peace in Europe, referring to Bolsonaro’s visit to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin prior to arriving in Hungary, and called for greater collaboration between the conservative nations of Europe and Brazil.

“It is in Hungary’s clear interest for our countries to work closely together,” Orban told reporters. “With regard to the global challenges of the world, the approach between the two countries is the same, among other things in the issue of migration,” he claimed, adding that diplomatic life and everyday life are currently overshadowed by the prospect of a looming war.

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

Polish Voters Flock to PiS as Latest Polling Shows Surge in Support

Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party has enjoyed a significant increase in domestic support over the last week with a rise of seven percentage points, according to latest polling.

In a survey conducted by Social Changes, 38 percent of respondents declared that they would vote for PiS, up 7 percent on a similar polling one week ago.

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

Top EU Court Rules Brussels Can Freeze Funds for Hungary and Poland in Landmark Case

The top court of the European Union ruled on Wednesday that Brussels can lawfully withhold funds to member states it deems in violation of the bloc’s fundamental rule-of-law principles.

The European Court of Justice rejected the legal challenge brought by Hungary and Poland against the European Union’s Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism, paving the way for the European Commission to slash funds owed to both countries.

The move has been met with fury from the governments of Poland and Hungary, which view the ruling as a grave threat to their sovreignty.

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

UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters to Face Trial Over Barclays Bank Damage

Two women charged with criminal damage at a Barclays bank branch in Norwich are set to stand trial later this year.

Police were called after a window and door were smashed with hammers at the branch at St James’ Court, off Whitefriars, on April 13 last year.

A sign reading “in case of climate emergency break glass” was stuck onto the broken window.

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

UK: Woke Teachers Banned From Promoting BLM and Left-Wing Political Bias in Education Crackdown

Teachers in the United Kingdom have been banned from promoting the agenda of the Black Lives Matter movement in classrooms, and have been warned not to push left-wing political bias about the British Empire and historical figures onto children without providing full historical context.

In guidance issued by the Department for Education on Thursday, teachers were informed they must teach any “contentious and disputed” historic period, for example the realities of the British Empire and colonialism, in a “balanced” manner amid fears that many British teachers had become too partisan when discussing sensitive issues such as race, imperialism and the police.

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

Caroline Glick: Biden’s “Victory” Against Putin in Ukraine

Several commentators have argued in recent days that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine has been a godsend for President Joe Biden ahead of the midterm elections in November.

The argument is fairly straightforward. With tough talk and without endangering any U.S. forces, Biden is managing to block Russian President Vladimir Putin from carrying through on his plan to invade Ukraine. Since Biden and his advisors have been signaling that such an event would precipitate a U.S.-Russian war, (i.e., World War III), simply by talking tough, Biden is preventing a world war. Obviously, this is an historic, indeed, epic achievement that without question blots out Biden’s incompetent and strategically disastrous surrender in Afghanistan from the public’s memory.

While at first glance, this claim seems reasonable, (on Thursday morning, when these lines are being written, Russia has not invaded Ukraine), it is problematic on several counts. The first problem with the claim is that according to an ABC News poll, most Americans don’t care about the events in Ukraine and believe that the U.S. should stay out of the conflict. It’s hard to see how Biden’s actions in an area that Americans are unconcerned with will move the needle of public support in Biden’s favor. Americans cared about Biden’s decision to lose the war in Afghanistan and leave in humiliation because it was an American war which he chose to end dishonorably. Ukraine is not America’s war. So the public doesn’t care.

Beyond the fact that Americans don’t really care about what happens to Ukraine, there is a second problem which is that Biden’s messaging on Ukraine and Russia is demonstrably false and misleading…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Donetsk Chemical Plant Explosion Rocks Rebels’ Meeting

Donetsk chemical plant explosion rocks rebels’ meetingClose

There has been a powerful explosion at a chemical plant in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Windows were shattered several kilometres away, including those in the rebel administration building where pro-Russian separatist leaders were meeting.

It is not yet known if there have been any injuries…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

European Parliament Approves €1.2 Billion Emergency Aid to Ukraine

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday an emergency aid package for Ukraine amounting to €1.2 billion.

The 12-month loan to be paid in two installments was initially proposed by the European Commission at the end of January and was approved by EU member states on Friday. The loan “provides quick support in the event of an acute crisis and strengthens the country’s resilience,” reads the text adopted by the European Parliament.

Half of the amount will be awarded immediately if certain conditions are met: Ukraine needs to show progress in implementing a macroeconomic program established by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as guarantees of the rule of law.

MEPs gave the green light to the aid package in an emergency procedure, with 598 votes in favor, 55 against and 41 abstentions.

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

Reports of Explosion in Donetsk Not Confirmed

The situation is calm in Donetsk, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the Donetsk People’s Republic says

DONETSK, February 12. /TASS/. The situation in Donetsk is calm now, and the reports about an explosion that appeared on social networks have not been confirmed, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told TASS on Saturday.

“The situation is calm in Donetsk, the reports of an explosion in the city, which are circulating on the social media, have not been confirmed,” he said.

The reports about an explosion that allegedly rocked Donetsk on Saturday were also refuted by three DPR agencies, namely the DPR mission at the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC), the People’s Militia and the Civil Defense and Emergencies Ministry of the republic.

“Everything is calm. We have not received any calls or reports about incidents in the city,” the emergencies ministry told the Donetsk news agency.

The People’s Militia said to the Donetsk news agency that no explosions had been recorded in the city. The DPR mission at the JCCC also pointed out that no information about any emergency had come.

Earlier on Saturday, reports of a powerful explosion heard by Donetsk residents began to appear on social networks and in Telegram channels.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Sanctions Will be the Response to Any Conflict in Ukraine, Says Czech Foreign Minister as He Rules Out Miliary Participation

The situation on the Ukrainian border remains precarious with Russian troops still in high concentration, Czechia’s Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský stated in an interview on Thursday.

Lipavský revealed that the Czech government would be increasing its security measures should the evacuation of Czech citizens from Ukraine prove necessary, and he reiterated that sanctions would be the primary response to any Russian invasion, with military participation in Ukraine not currently being discussed.

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

Malaysia’s Minister for Women Tells Husbands to Beat Their ‘Stubborn’ Wives for ‘Unruly’ Behavior

A Malaysian government minister has been accused of normalizing domestic violence after encouraging husbands to beat their “stubborn” wives if their behavior continues to disappoint them.

In a video posted on her Instagram, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff, the Islamic country’s deputy minister for women, family and community development, provided what she called “tips” for husbands dealing with “unruly” partners.

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

Mexico: Hundreds of Blackbirds Mysteriously Plummet Mid-Migration With Dozens Nosediving to Their Death

A security camera in Chihuahua, Mexico, captured the moment hundreds of yellow-headed blackbirds suddenly fell from the sky — many nosediving to their death.

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

Greece: 25-Year-Old Wanted for Trafficking of Migrants (Photo)

The Police have published the photo of Chaundry Muneeb Tariq, 25, from Pakistan, resident of Cyprus, against who an arrest warrant has been issues in relation to a case of trafficking of migrants, felonies that took place during years 2020 and 2021 in Nicosia.

Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Main Nicosia Police Station at 22-802370 or 22-802371 or the citizen line at 1460 or the nearest Police Station.

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

Greece: Thessaloniki Municipal Employee Arrested for Transporting Migrants

Police in Thessaloniki on Friday arrested a municipal employee on suspicion of illegally transporting two migrants.

Police said the migrants, who are from Afghanistan, in the trunk of the employee’s car, after stopping it on the Egnatia Odos motorway near the town of Asprovalta.

The 46-year-old suspect was led before a prosecutor, who ordered him to testify before an investigating magistrate.

The man claims that he was unaware of the presence of the migrants in his trunk. He said they must have locked themselves into the trunk when he stopped for a coffee in Komotini and left his car unlocked.

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Poll: Greeks, French Say Reducing Immigration Should be ‘High’ Priority

The Greeks (58%) and French (44%) are the most likely to say reducing immigration should be a high priory target for their nations, according to data from a YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project published Tuesday.

They are closely followed by the Swedes (43%), Hungarians (42%), and Italians (42%).

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‘The Border is Sacred!’ — Polish PM Visits Construction Site at Polish-Belarusian Border

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited the construction site of the barrier being erected on the Polish-Belarusian border on Wednesday.

“Poland and Poles belong to those states and nations which protect their borders, because this border has been sanctified with blood — the blood of our ancestors, which is why it is sacred to us,” Morawiecki declared in response to some critics who had mocked Poland’s action to defend its border.

The Polish leader traveled to Kuznica where he met workers helping to construct the border wall and held a joint press conference with the deputy head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration Maciej Wasik.

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Trudeau’s Prohibition on Protests Exempts Refugees, Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities

Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on protests under an Emergencies Act order specifically exempts refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and other ethnic minorities.

Yes, really.

The Canadian government’s Emergency Measures Regulations: SOR/2022-21 order bans people from taking part “in a public assembly that may reasonably be expected to lead to a breach of the peace.”

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Facebook LGBT Activist Caught in Alleged Child Sex Sting Operation

A high-level Facebook staffer and LGBT activist has been caught in an alleged child sex sting operation during which he admits on video he shared explicit text messages with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy.

Journalist Andy Ngo highlighted the clip, during which Facebook/Meta’s Manager of Community Development, Jeren A. Miles, is grilled on a live stream by a group called Predator Catchers Indianapolis.

Miles also serves on the board of directors for LGBTQ+ group, Equality California.

Miles allegedly told the underage boy in text messages, “I won’t have any restraint around you if I’m horny.”

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Majority of Young Germans Annoyed by Gender Politics

According to a study by the market research institute Rheingold, many in the younger generation do not know what gender policy is supposed to serve at all.

The rejection of gendering among the interviewees is also due to the fact that it causes a “linguistic stumbling block”. “You can no longer concentrate on what you actually want to talk about.”

Only 33 percent believe that it should help to include some people who do not define themselves as male or female, while 36 percent believed that gender focus could make women more visible.

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One in Five Gen Z Adults Now Say They Are LGBTQ

One in five Gen Z adults now identify as LGBTQ, while the number of total Americans doing the same has doubled in a decade, according to a new Gallup poll.

However, the rise is almost entirely accounted for by far greater numbers of people identifying as bisexual or transgender, not gay or lesbian.

“Gallup estimates from these results that within the entire U.S. adult population, 4.0 percent of Americans identify as bisexual, 1.5 percent as gay, 1 percent as lesbian and 0.7 percent as transgender,” reports the Daily Mail.

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Queer Beer? Wasting German Tax Money

The Greens have come up with another new revolutionary idea: The Family Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Katharina Binz (Bündnis90/Die Grünen), has started the “Queer Wine Rhineland-Palatinate” competition, with tax money, of course. The fact that Binz is also Deputy Prime Minister of the red-green state government gives the campaign a very special touch.

The competition is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and intersex winemakers. According to the official statement, all those wineries where non-heterosexuals “work in a responsible position” can take part in the campaign.

In other words: The winegrowers in the state capital of Mainz who employ a non-binary cellar master should report. Or a lesbian chief grape picker. Trans winemakers probably also have very special opportunities.

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UK: University Backtracks After Encouraging Staff to Use ‘Neopronouns’, ‘Emojiself, ‘ and ‘Catgender’ Terms

Following a massive backlash, a university in the UK has walked back advice to staff to start using made up pronouns, termed ‘neopronouns’, as well as ‘emojiself’ terms for people who identify by using emojis and even ‘catgender’ terms for people who choose to identify as cats.

Yes, really. Bristol University in England really did this.

The London Telegraph reported that the university provided staff guidance on how to properly use pronouns, and included links to totally insane material aimed at people who want to be cats.

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