Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/5/2022

GoFundMe has blocked the account of the Canadian Freedom Convoy, but the latter has migrated to GiveSendGo, where it took in more than $1 million in a single day. Meanwhile, the mayor of Vancouver said that freedom protesters and unvaccinated people were not welcome in his city.

In other news, a convoy of anti-lockdown truckers has entered the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, Reader from Chicago, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Gas Prices at Pump Highest Since 2013; Biden Losing War Against Inflation
 
USA
» 1 Dead, Four Wounded in Shooting at Hookah Lounge Near Virginia Tech
» An Artist Dropped an $11.7 Million, 410lb Gold Cube in Central Park for a Day This Week
» Around 70 More Joe Rogan Episodes Have Disappeared From Spotify
» Cal Sports Hall of Famer Gene Ransom Killed in Shooting on I-880; Suspect Arrested
» Canceled: Woke Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe Left Off U.S. Women’s Team Roster
» DeSantis Vows Florida Will Investigate GoFundMe’s ‘Deceptive Practices’ After Freedom Convoy Fundraiser Deplatformed
» Ex-Clerk for Biden SCOTUS Hopeful Edited Wikipedia Pages to Make Her Look Better, Rivals Worse
» Fauci Says He’s Mystified by Lagging Vaccine Booster Rates
» Georgetown Considers Implementing ‘Cry Room’ For Students Offended by Law Prof Ilya Shapiro’s Tweets
» Long Funeral Homes, Short Life Insurers? Ex-BlackRock Fund Manager Discovers Disturbing Trends in Mortality
» Malone: The Mass Formation Madness Must Stop
» Minnesota College Drops Segregated Antiracism Training After Federal Complaint
» U. Tennessee Cancels Campus Critical Race Center After College Fix Report
» YouTube Deletes Dr. Mary Bowden’s Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit Against Houston’s Methodist Hospital
 
Canada
» After Enabling Violent, Far-Left Extremists; GoFundMe ‘Steals’ Millions From Freedom Convoy Fundraisers
» Breaking: Pierre Poilievre is Officially Running for Conservative Leader
» Breaking: Peaceful Freedom Convoy Protests Met by Small Groups of Angry Counter Protestors Across Canada
» Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy Embraces GiveSendGo After GoFundMe Censorship
» Convoy Arrives in Quebec as Part of Nationwide Protests Against Coronavirus Restrictions
» Country Singer Paul Brandt Praises Alberta Truckers for Defending Freedom
» Doug Ford Calls Ottawa Protests an “Occupation” Whose Time Has Come to End
» GiveSendGo Campaign for Freedom Convoy Truckers Raises Over $1 Million in One Day After GoFundMe Shutdown
» Man Charged for Running Over Four Freedom Convoy Protestors in Winnipeg
» Ottawa Police Admit to Lobbying GoFundMe to Withhold Funds From Canadian Truckers
» Ottawa Police Militarize the City in Anticipation of Peaceful Convoy Protests
» Rumble Offers to Help GiveSendGo With Server Problems as Fundraiser for Canadian Truckers Breaks the Internet
» Toronto Police Militarize the City Ahead of Peaceful Trucker Protest
» Toronto Sees Massive Freedom Convoy Protest Packing City’s Downtown
» Vancouver Councillor Wants “Decolonial and Anti-Racist” Community Policing
» Watch: Freedom Convoy Blocked by Counter Protestors on Bicycles in Vancouver
» Watch: Indian Protestors Joke They Are ‘White Fringe Minority’ At Freedom Convoy Protest
» What’s Ottawa Been Like for the Past Week? Embedded Rebel Lincoln Jay Explains
» Woke Vancouver Mayor Says Freedom Protestors, Unvaccinated Are Not Welcome in His City
 
Europe and the EU
» Cost of Lockdown: Record Number of Children Seek Severe Mental Health Treatment in Britain
» Europe Could Soon Enter COVID-19 ‘Ceasefire’, Long Period of Tranquility: WHO Europe Director
» Eurosceptic Alliance to Fight Creation of European Superstate
» Exposed: Climate Change Fanatics Who Are Plotting to Blockade Britain’s Refineries, Fuel Trucks and Petrol Stations Next Month in Sinister Bid to Bring Down Our Oil Network
» Facebook is Ordered to Delete Content Defaming a Politician in Big EU Ruling That Has Free Speech Implications
» Former Czech PM Babis: I Don’t Understand Why We Need a Pandemic Law
» France: Video: Left-Wing Militants Wreak Havoc in Lille as Hundreds Gather to Shut Down Zemmour Rally
» Freedom Goes Global: Finland Anti-Lockdown Convoy Hits Helsinki
» ‘Fresh and Exciting’ Warsaw Ranked Among Europe’s Best Cities for a Weekend Visit
» Germans Flock to Poland to Fill Up on Fuel After Polish Tax Cuts See German Prices Undercut by Up to a Third
» Germany’s Far Left Interior Minister Wrote for Antifa Magazine Published by Organization With Extremist Ties
» German Hospital Bills Show Cases of Serious Vaccine Injury Increased Twenty-Fold
» Leaked Footage Reveals How Soros-Funded OSF Manipulates Public Opinion About Hungary and Poland
» Mandatory Vax: Austria Enacts Compulsory Jabs for All Adults on Saturday
» Polish President Duda to Visit Brussels Next Week for Talks With European Commission President
» Spanish Parties Accuse Govt of Using ‘Blackmail’ To Pass Outdoor Mask Mandate
 
Middle East
» US Coordinated With Russia Ahead of Raid Targeting ISIS Leader
 
Russia
» Bloomberg Had Fake Headline “Russia Invades Ukraine” On Homepage for 30 Minutes
 
South Asia
» India: BJP MP Moves Bill on Population Control; ‘Muslim Population Gone Up to Over 14% From 9%’
 
Far East
» AI ‘Nanny’ Being Created by Chinese Scientists to Grow Babies in Robot Wombs
» Genocide Olympics Protesters Denounce ‘Complicity’ Of Corporations in Chinese Human Rights Abuses
» Nolte: Record Low Ratings for NBC’s Opening Coverage of Genocide Games
» Report: China Uses DNA Selection, Beatings to Groom Olympic Athletes
 
Australia — Pacific
» Police Go After Australians Protesting for Medical Freedom
 
Immigration
» Greek Population in Decline, Migrant Inflows Also Drop
» Hungary Drafts Civil Guard Into Border Defense to Tackle Illegal Crossing Attempts on Southern Border
» Sudanese Migrant Convicted of Murdering Open Borders Activist French Girlfriend
 
Culture Wars
» Conservatives, Independent Voices Build Own Platforms to Counter Big Tech Censorship, Managed News
» Twitter’s “Potentially Offensive” Prompt Kills 30% of Posts When Displayed
 

Gas Prices at Pump Highest Since 2013; Biden Losing War Against Inflation

President Biden is about to have yet another major problem as the average price of gasoline surged to the highest level in seven years, according to new AAA fuel data. For this time of year, seasonal trends show prices are the highest since 2013.

Despite Biden’s attempt to squash surging fuel costs (as his war chest runs thin), AAA reported regular gasoline at the pump rose to $3.423 a gallon, a high most Americans haven’t seen since September 2014.

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

1 Dead, Four Wounded in Shooting at Hookah Lounge Near Virginia Tech

One person is dead and four were injured, including a student, in a shooting at a hookah lounge near the Virginia Tech campus late Friday, police say.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 11:53 p.m. at the Melody Hookah Lounge on Main Street in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia, less than a mile away from the Virginia Tech campus.

In total five people were injured in the shooting, one fatally and the other four were transported to local hospitals, the Blacksburg Police Department said.

“The severity of the injuries of those who were transported is unknown at this time,” police said in a news release.

Police said the case is now a homicide investigation and multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

An Artist Dropped an $11.7 Million, 410lb Gold Cube in Central Park for a Day This Week

For one day and one day only, an $11.7 million gold cube sat in the middle of Central Park, protected by its own security detail.

The cube, called The Castello Cube, was the brainchild of German artist Niclas Castello, according to Artnet. It was made of 24-carat, 999.9 gold and weighed in at 410 pounds. Castello “is known largely for his sculptures and paintings partly inspired by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol,” Artnet wrote.

It placed in Central Park for only one day this week, Wednesday.

Castello told Arnet it was “a conceptual work of art in all its facets” and that he sought to “create something that is beyond our world—that is intangible.”

And what would art be nowadays without tying it to a cryptocurrency? That’s exactly what Castello did, launching The Castello Coin alongside his physical artwork. The coin is available for purchase at an initial price of €0.39 ($0.44), the report says. There will also be an NFT auction later in February.

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

Around 70 More Joe Rogan Episodes Have Disappeared From Spotify

Around 70 episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience have today disappeared, according to JREMissing, a tool that uses the Spotify API to detect episode deletions.

Reclaim The Net has confirmed that the episodes have indeed been deleted at the time of writing.

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

Cal Sports Hall of Famer Gene Ransom Killed in Shooting on I-880; Suspect Arrested

Gene Ransom, a member of the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame, was shot and killed while driving on Interstate 880 in Oakland, according to KPIX.

Ransom was driving near the Broadway exit on Interstate 880 about 5:15 p.m. Friday when he was shot, causing him to veer his Honda sedan and crash into a guardrail, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP shut down northbound lanes for about five hours to investigate the scene, causing traffic to back up for miles.

A suspect, 25-year-old Juan Angel Garcia of San Francisco, was booked at the Alameda County Jail for murder on Saturday morning, according to a CHP statement.

No further details of the probe, including whether the victim was the intended target of the shooting, have been released…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Canceled: Woke Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe Left Off U.S. Women’s Team Roster

The wokest of all U.S. national sports teams just got a little less woke.

U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called up a roster that features youth and players the team will rely on in the future. It does not, however, feature noted USWNT anthem-protester Megan Rapinoe.

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

DeSantis Vows Florida Will Investigate GoFundMe’s ‘Deceptive Practices’ After Freedom Convoy Fundraiser Deplatformed

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday morning that he will work with Florida’s attorney general to investigate GoFundMe after the platform shut down a fundraiser for the Canadian truckers protesting as part of the Freedom Convoy.

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

Ex-Clerk for Biden SCOTUS Hopeful Edited Wikipedia Pages to Make Her Look Better, Rivals Worse

Two days after the retirement of Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was announced, a former law clerk for a judge believed to be on President Biden’s short-list of nominees began stealth-editing her Wikipedia page in an effort to make her look like a more attractive candidate.

According to a Friday Politico report, Matteo Godi, a former clerk for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, began altering her page on January 28, while also editing the pages of her rivals to make them look worse. In total, Godi made more than 20 edits under the username “H2rty.”

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

Fauci Says He’s Mystified by Lagging Vaccine Booster Rates

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

White House COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci said he is confused as to why booster rates are lagging and said he doesn’t “have an easy explanation” for the phenomenon.

When asked by a reporter on Wednesday about why fully vaccinated individuals aren’t getting as many boosters, Fauci noted that “about half” of all eligible Americans have received booster doses so far. Fauci made the remarks alongside COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients at a White House briefing.

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

Georgetown Considers Implementing ‘Cry Room’ For Students Offended by Law Prof Ilya Shapiro’s Tweets

Administrators at Georgetown Law are considering implementing a “cry room” on campus, so that offended students have a place to go to if they “need to break down” over comments made by law scholar Ilya Shapiro, who has been placed on administrative leave by the university this week after daring to question Joe Biden’s “affirmative action” Supreme Court nomination process.

The call for a cry room comes after students took offense to constitutional law scholar Ilya Shapiro’s tweets criticizing President Joe Biden’s “affirmative action” Supreme Court nomination process.

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

Long Funeral Homes, Short Life Insurers? Ex-BlackRock Fund Manager Discovers Disturbing Trends in Mortality

Four weeks ago, OneAmerica insurance company CEO Scott Davison revealed that they had witnessed ‘the highest death rates in the history of this business — not just at OneAmerica’ with a jump of ‘40% over what they were pre-pandemic.’ Interestingly, Davison noted that the majority of deaths are not classified as due to Covid-19.

The implication to many was clear — that the Covid-19 vaccine is linked to the excess mortality, and months of vaccine injury reports were now spilling over to actuarial data — which is beginning to show, among other things, that younger, working-age people began dying in greater numbers as vaccine mandates hit — for a disease which primarily kills older, non-working age individuals. The counter argument, often presented without evidence, is that the increase is due to people who postponed elective surgeries and other medical treatments during the pandemic.

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

Malone: The Mass Formation Madness Must Stop

Authored by Dr. Robert Malone

My wife, Jill used to work at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park for the research unit called CRES (The Center for Research on Endangered Species) in the late 1980s. She did primary behavior research on mother-infant dyads, both as an intern and later as an employee. In particular, she was involved in behavioral studies involving Lion-tailed macaques, which are an endangered species of monkey from India. The purpose of the research was to find ways to increase the emotional well being of the animals, as some of these monkeys have significant issues breeding in captivity.

There was one mother named Polly and her infant daughter Dewa which were particularly interesting. Polly would let her infant girl nurse for a while and when she was tired of it, she would pull her off her nipple and literally hold Dewa’s head to the concrete floor for about 30 seconds. Dewa would scream and chitter — with her little arms and legs flaying around. Then Polly would suddenly let her go and the infant would run screaming away from her. It was horrifying to watch.

Jill observed this pair through infancy. She continued to observe as Dewa grew up and had an infant son of her own. One day, when the little boy monkey was quite small, Dewa got tired of the baby nursing. She literally pulled him off and held him firmly to the ground as he squirmed and screamed— just as her mother had done to her.

The effects of abuse, neglect and harms done to children can and will pass through generations. Often, these long-term effects on the person are unknown until the person is grown up and has children of their own.

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

Minnesota College Drops Segregated Antiracism Training After Federal Complaint

Carleton College in Minnesota will no longer host mandatory racially-segregated “anti-racist training” after a federal complaint.

The requirement appeared to come from a list of demands by black activists for “mandatory anti-racist training for all incoming and current faculty, staff, administrators, and students.”

The Ujamaa Collective demanded university officials “contract independent Black anti-racist trainers to underscore the importance of racial, religious, gender, and sexual diversity.”

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

U. Tennessee Cancels Campus Critical Race Center After College Fix Report

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has canceled plans for a new “Critical Race Center” on campus after The College Fix reported on the school’s efforts to move ahead with the project.

In January, The Fix obtained diversity plans from 20 different academic departments and administrative divisions at UT, which together totaled 322 new pages of diversity regulations.

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

YouTube Deletes Dr. Mary Bowden’s Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit Against Houston’s Methodist Hospital

Doctor Mary Bowden, an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist, has had a video censored by YouTube. The video was her announcement of her lawsuit against Houston’s Methodist Hospital, from which she had privileges suspended last year — soon after she took to social media promoting Ivermectin as a treatment for Covid.

Dr. Bowden studied medicine at both the University of Texas and Stanford University and has used social media to push back against vaccine mandates. In one social media post, Dr. Bowden said that she was focussing her attention on treating the unvaccinated.

In November, Houston Methodist Hospital suspended Dr. Bowden and made a statement saying she was spreading “dangerous misinformation” about Covid.

Dr. Bowden now says she is fighting back against what she says is the hospital’s “secrecy.”

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

After Enabling Violent, Far-Left Extremists; GoFundMe ‘Steals’ Millions From Freedom Convoy Fundraisers

Update (1830ET): Just as we anticipated, it looks like a crypto-based crowd-funding platform Tallycoin has helped supporters of the Canadian truckers re-route their donations to help support the people on the front lines of the protest.

In the day that has passed since GoFundMe announced its plans to quash a fundraising effort for the truckers, more than $700,000 has been raised to benefit the truckers on Tallycoin.

Last night, GoFundMe announced that it would be seizing all the money donated to the cause, and that donors would only see their donations refunded if they specifically requested that the money be returned. Otherwise, it would be forwarded to another cause of GoFundMe’s choice. Well, this didn’t go over too well with the donors, who many of whom threw a fit online.

Now, in what could become a major threat to GoFundMe, anybody interested in the new platform can donate as little as a single Satoshi (presently, about 2,400 satoshis make up $1), and the fundraiser has a target of 500,000,000.

The fundraiser on Tallycoin has the following message affixed to it: “The Canadian Bitcoin community would like to have a second financial access point for #FreedomConvoy2022. Legacy financial infrastructure can sometimes be politicized and clamped down upon, whereas Bitcoin is a truly censorship resistant method of communicating value. Don’t allow your voices to be silenced, and don’t allow your financial sovereignty to be trampled upon. Love, unity and freedom — let’s raise some hard money for hard workers!”

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

Breaking: Pierre Poilievre is Officially Running for Conservative Leader

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre is officially running to be the next leader of the Conservative Party. In a video released Saturday, Poilievre announced: “I’m running for Prime Minister to give you back control of your life.”

“Governments have gotten big and bossy. They’re spending more than any time since World War Two. So they control more of what you earn and you control less,” Poilievre said in his video announcement, gaining thousands of likes within the hour. “They caused inflation by borrowing and printing a half trillion dollars, which has ballooned the assets of the billionaires, the debts of our children, and the cost of living of the working class. Over half of families now say they struggle just to feed themselves. And more 30-year-olds live in their parents basements, because they can’t afford the now-typical cost of a home, $800,000. “

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

Breaking: Peaceful Freedom Convoy Protests Met by Small Groups of Angry Counter Protestors Across Canada

Although not as large, Freedom Convoy counter protests have sprung up across Canada on Saturday. This news comes as the Freedom Convoy enters its second week of protest.

“Hey hey. Ho ho — all these truckers got to go,” chanted approximately 300 counter protestors in Ottawa. “Whose city? Our city!” can be heard by counter protestors. “Go home dipsh*ts,” the counter protestors also yelled.

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

Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy Embraces GiveSendGo After GoFundMe Censorship

After having their fundraising efforts shut down by GoFundMe, the leaders of the Canadian trucker Freedom Convoy have switched to alternative platforms to fundraise and communicate with their supporters.

The Freedom Convoy, which has been traveling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates, has gained huge traction online and had raised over $10 million on GoFundMe. However, GoFundMe withheld the convoy’s funds twice and said that it’s “collaborating with local law enforcement” before permanently shutting down the campaign and refusing to pass on the millions of dollars that had been raised.

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

Convoy Arrives in Quebec as Part of Nationwide Protests Against Coronavirus Restrictions

Friday afternoon, protesters began arriving at the legislature in Quebec City as part of a Canada-wide movement against lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

Smaller convoys and protests are underway in cities in towns all across Canada in support of the largest convoy protest in Ottawa where an estimated 100,000 people converged on the nation’s capital.

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

Country Singer Paul Brandt Praises Alberta Truckers for Defending Freedom

Canadian country star Paul Brandt has publicly thanked the truckers participating in the Coutts, Alberta border blockade.

“While I fully support the right to peacefully protest, I condemn both breaking the law and limiting the protections afforded to Canadians under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said Brandt in a statement posted to Substack on Friday. “Such measures have no place in Canada.”

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

Doug Ford Calls Ottawa Protests an “Occupation” Whose Time Has Come to End

As farm tractors surround Queen’s Park and heavy trucks make their way into downtown Toronto to protest Ontario’s two-year-long COVID-19 mandates, Ontario premier Doug Ford is calling the Ottawa trucker convoy an “occupation.”

Ford made the comments Friday while appearing virtually at an online premiers’ conference.

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

GiveSendGo Campaign for Freedom Convoy Truckers Raises Over $1 Million in One Day After GoFundMe Shutdown

Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo’s campaign for the Freedom Convoy truckers in Canada has already raised over a whopping $1.3 million for the pro-medical freedom cause after GoFundMe shut down the intial fundraiser.

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

Man Charged for Running Over Four Freedom Convoy Protestors in Winnipeg

A driver accused of hitting four Freedom Convoy protestors Friday night in Winnipeg is facing numerous charges including assault with a weapon.

The suspect was taken into police custody after four victims supporting the trucker rally were injured in an apparent hit-and-run outside the Manitoba Legislature.

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

Ottawa Police Admit to Lobbying GoFundMe to Withhold Funds From Canadian Truckers

Following GoFundMe’s shocking decision to remove the Freedom Convoy fundraiser on Friday, the Ottawa Police Department tweeted out a statement, thanking and seemingly admitting to lobbying the company to do so.

[Comment: In the US, that would be a First Amendment violation — the government leaning on a private firm to restrict freedom of assembly and speech.]

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

Ottawa Police Militarize the City in Anticipation of Peaceful Convoy Protests

Police in the nation’s capital have erected barricades, closed streets and promised to deploy a “surge and contain” strategy ahead of another wave of protesters joining the Freedom Convoy currently occupying a portion of Ottawa since late last week.

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

Rumble Offers to Help GiveSendGo With Server Problems as Fundraiser for Canadian Truckers Breaks the Internet

Popular alternative video platform Rumble is offering help to GiveSendGo, a crowdfunding alternative reportedly struggling with server problems due to the massively popular Freedom Convoy fundraiser.

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

Toronto Police Militarize the City Ahead of Peaceful Trucker Protest

Friday night, Toronto police began moving in concrete barriers and vehicles to blockade a convoy of truckers and farmers from descending the provincial legislature, Queen’s Park.

Chief James Ramer said that large vehicles will not be allowed to congregate around the legislature, and that demonstrators will be directed to staging areas and made to travel to Queen’s Park by foot.

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

Toronto Sees Massive Freedom Convoy Protest Packing City’s Downtown

As the Freedom Convoy moves loudly into its second week, cities across Canada are once again seeing large protests and demonstrations in support of the convoy.

Toronto is one of these places, with massive events and also a strong city and police response.

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

Vancouver Councillor Wants “Decolonial and Anti-Racist” Community Policing

Vancouver councillor Pete Fry wants the city to adopt a “decolonial and anti-racist” community policing model.

According to a council member’s motion titled Community-based Crisis Management Through Understanding and De-escalation submitted this week, Fry envisions a program of “crisis worker teams” working independently of police to respond to various emergencies.

Fry’s motion calls for council to “direct staff to develop within the strategy a pilot community-based crisis management program of public information education, and engagement that … is informed by destigmatized, decolonial and anti-racist practice.”

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

Watch: Freedom Convoy Blocked by Counter Protestors on Bicycles in Vancouver

Counter protestors on bicycles blocked the Freedom Convoy, according to Vancouver Police. All westbound traffic on Terminal Ave was stopped with Vancouver police officers on the ground and working to resolve the conflict.

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

Watch: Indian Protestors Joke They Are ‘White Fringe Minority’ At Freedom Convoy Protest

Two men of Indian descent had a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on day one of the second weekend of Freedom Convoy protests near Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, after Trudeau claimed the protestors are “a fringe minority.”

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

What’s Ottawa Been Like for the Past Week? Embedded Rebel Lincoln Jay Explains

Rebel News reporter Lincoln Jay has been in Ottawa since the Freedom Convoy arrived in the nation’s capital. Having been in the city since things began, Lincoln has perhaps one of the best perspectives to accurately portray just what the protest has been like since it began last week.

Joining Friday’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Lincoln told Ezra about what he’s seen since the convoy rolled into Ottawa.

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

Woke Vancouver Mayor Says Freedom Protestors, Unvaccinated Are Not Welcome in His City

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart had choice words for a Freedom Convoy protest set to take place Saturday. In a statement released Friday, Stewart said “Vancouver doesn’t want you here.” He released the statement as a pro trucker movement continues to grow across the country and the world.

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

Cost of Lockdown: Record Number of Children Seek Severe Mental Health Treatment in Britain

The lockdown restrictions imposed in response to the Chinese coronavirus have seen a record number of children being referred to specialists for the most extreme mental health problems in Britain.

According to figures compiled by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a record 409,347 children under the age of 18 were referred to specialist NHS care between April and October of last year for displaying issues surrounding self-harm or eating disorders.

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

Europe Could Soon Enter COVID-19 ‘Ceasefire’, Long Period of Tranquility: WHO Europe Director

Authored by Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Europe director said on Thursday that the continent could soon enter a “cease-fire” and a “long period of tranquillity” in the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Dr. Hans Kluge cited increased immunity to Omicron either through vaccines or natural immunity, a “favorable seasonality pause” as Europe nears the end of winter, and the less severe nature of the Omicron variant as reasons for the more tranquil period.

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

Eurosceptic Alliance to Fight Creation of European Superstate

The leaders of European conservative and populist parties met in the Spanish capital of Madrid on January 28-29 to build a unified political front aimed at defending traditional Judeo-Christian values and the sovereignty of European nation states.

The so-called Madrid Summit — held under the motto “Defending Europe” — marked an important milestone in efforts to create a continent-wide alliance to fight the federalist, globalist and anti-democratic drift of the European Union.

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

Exposed: Climate Change Fanatics Who Are Plotting to Blockade Britain’s Refineries, Fuel Trucks and Petrol Stations Next Month in Sinister Bid to Bring Down Our Oil Network

Climate change zealots are plotting to block oil refineries, motorways and petrol stations across Britain next month, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has discovered.

Roger Hallam, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion (XR) and Insulate Britain, predicted that up to 3,000 activists could be arrested over two weekends in March for closing down the country’s oil network.

As well as paralysing oil refineries and nearby motorways, activists for the newly formed pressure group Just Stop Oil intend to occupy petrol station forecourts, ‘tanker surf’ on fuel lorries and spray-paint filling points.

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

Facebook is Ordered to Delete Content Defaming a Politician in Big EU Ruling That Has Free Speech Implications

Facebook owner Meta has lost a defamation lawsuit, ruled in an EU court, versus an Austria-based lawmaker.

Even though the settlement is small, the ruling has major free speech implications.

Last year, former Greens party politician Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek won a settlement of €4,000 ($4,535) in damages that the Vienna commercial court ordered the social media company to pay.

The complaint was over a fictitious account that allegedly “defamed” the politician to a global audience.

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

Former Czech PM Babis: I Don’t Understand Why We Need a Pandemic Law

One of the topics of Thursday’s meeting of the opposition movement ANO was the change in the government’s approach to Covid-19. The previous day, the government decided that the obligation for citizens to provide a “green pass” proving they were vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 to enter shops, restaurants and other public places would end on Feb. 9. The chairman of the movement, Andrej Babis, was skeptical about the enforced amendment to the pandemic emergency law, which he said is unnecessary at the moment.

According to Babis, due to the amendment to the pandemic law, it is not clear who would send soldiers to hospitals and social services facilities, or who would call up nurses or students to help the government’s efforts to fight the virus.

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

France: Video: Left-Wing Militants Wreak Havoc in Lille as Hundreds Gather to Shut Down Zemmour Rally

Approximately 1,100 far-left protesters descended on Lille on Saturday to disrupt a scheduled rally in support of French conservative presidential candidate, Éric Zemmour.

Protests began shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday outside the Grand Palais in Lille where Zemmour was due to make a speech to almost 8,000 supporters.

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

Freedom Goes Global: Finland Anti-Lockdown Convoy Hits Helsinki

Canada’s Freedom Convoy movement has officially gone global after vehicles streamed into the centre of Finland’s capital.

Helsinki saw dozens of motor vehicles clog its streets on Friday evening, sparked by the nation’s lockdown rules, as well as the rising cost of fuel in the country.

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‘Fresh and Exciting’ Warsaw Ranked Among Europe’s Best Cities for a Weekend Visit

Warsaw has been dubbed one of the most exciting and interesting cities to visit in Europe, according to rankings by one of the world’s most renowned travel magazines.

Although the Omicron variant has not been giving the world and Europe a break, there has been a rise in voices calling for life to return to normal and to treat the coronavirus like any other infectious disease. Increasingly more people have started to think about spring and summer travels.

[Comment: Poland’s immigration policies have something to do with that. I don’t hear about jihadi attacks in Poland.]

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Germans Flock to Poland to Fill Up on Fuel After Polish Tax Cuts See German Prices Undercut by Up to a Third

Poland has witnessed a significant rise in petrol tourism from Germany following a decision by the Polish government to lower its fuel tax from 23 percent to 8 percent, it has emerged.

According to the German tabloid Bild, authorities are expecting traffic jams at the border, especially this weekend as savvy consumers rush to Polish petrol stations to fill up.

A driver can now refuel for only €1.14 per liter in Slubice which is right across the Polish-German border. Even as early as Tuesday there was much more traffic at petrol stations in Slubice than usual.

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Germany’s Far Left Interior Minister Wrote for Antifa Magazine Published by Organization With Extremist Ties

Germany’s new interior minister, Nancy Faeser, wrote for Antifa Magazine run by the Federation of Antifascists (VVN-BdA), which is the historical arm of the Antifa branch of the Communist Party, dating back to the 1930s. The VVN-BdA also happens to be the same organization the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution described in its current annual report as “the nation’s largest organization influenced by left-wing extremists in the area of anti-fascism.”

In other words, the woman in charge of the nation’s security apparatus has openly written for what is essentially Antifa’s de facto magazine in the German Republic. Antifa has been implicated in various attacks on police, terrorism, and other violent actions against the democratic order.

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German Hospital Bills Show Cases of Serious Vaccine Injury Increased Twenty-Fold

The German data analyst Tom Lausen has been evaluating the figures from hospitals, the Robert Koch Institute and the DIVI intensive care register since the beginning of the Covid crisis. In an interview with Milena Preradovic, he said he had calculated that based on the accounting data from German clinics, the experimental jabs have led to an alarming incidence of serious damage that has required medical treatment.

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Leaked Footage Reveals How Soros-Funded OSF Manipulates Public Opinion About Hungary and Poland

Those who have doubted Hungarian and Polish politicians’ claims about an ongoing smear campaign against the conservative governments need only to listen to recently leaked video footage of the Open Society Foundations’ former regional director. In a Skype recording, Slovakian-born Andrej Nosko is seen speaking to an unidentified reporter about how foreign journalists are manipulated into adopting the left-wing opposition media’s reports as the only valid viewpoint, which is then the only narrative about Hungary and Poland that is presented to their international audiences.

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Mandatory Vax: Austria Enacts Compulsory Jabs for All Adults on Saturday

Vaccination against the Chinese coronavirus has become compulsory for all adults in Austria as of Saturday.

Just over two months after the draconian measure was first announced, Austria has made getting vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus mandatory for all those over the age of 18 in the country.

The new forced jab rules come into force from Saturday, but penalties for those who do not abide by the mandate will not come into effect until mid-March.

According to a report by Kronen Zeitung, Austria’s Federal President, Alexander Van der Bellen, as well as Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer, successfully signed the bill into law on Friday morning.

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Polish President Duda to Visit Brussels Next Week for Talks With European Commission President

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has invited Poland’s President Andrzej Duda to Brussels on Monday to further discuss the security issues in Eastern Europe.

The face-to-face talks in Brussels are to be a continuation of a telephone call between the two leaders on Thursday regarding the situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border and the security concerns among eastern member states caused by the tension.

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Spanish Parties Accuse Govt of Using ‘Blackmail’ To Pass Outdoor Mask Mandate

Opposition parties in the Spanish parliament have accused the government of using blackmail tactics to pass mandatory outdoor mask-wearing by including it in a vote on pensions.

The Spanish Chamber of Deputies validated a decree to mandate outdoor mask-wearing by a vote of 162 for to 153 against, with 28 abstentions on Tuesday but opposition parties have cried foul on the tactics used by the government.

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US Coordinated With Russia Ahead of Raid Targeting ISIS Leader

A CNN report says the United States and Russia coordinated on some level during this week’s US special forces raid on a compound in Idlib near the Turkish border which ended in the death of the head of ISIS.

“The United States coordinated with Russia to deconflict airspace to conduct the raid that killed the ISIS leader in northwest Syria, according to a US defense official familiar,” CNN wrote. Separately, Russian media on Friday is reporting that “America’s successful mission to kill the leader of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was coordinated with Russia, with Moscow being warned in advance.”

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Bloomberg Had Fake Headline “Russia Invades Ukraine” On Homepage for 30 Minutes

At a moment the White House has curiously been pushing hard a ‘Russian false flag’ narrative, Bloomberg has apologized for prematurely placing a headline at the top of its homepage Friday afternoon which said: “Live: Russia Invades Ukraine.”

Bloomberg admitted that it had the headline ready to go, despite an “invasion” not at all being the reality. The hugely influential global financial news company said late in the day Friday: “We prepare headlines for many scenarios and the headline ‘Russia Invades Ukraine’ was inadvertently published around 4 p.m. ET today on our website. We deeply regret the error. The headline has been removed and we are investigating the cause.”

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India: BJP MP Moves Bill on Population Control; ‘Muslim Population Gone Up to Over 14% From 9%’

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha further added that Muslim population has increased immensely in the first census after partition and the population of Hindus has decreased.

Piyush Mishra | Republic World Online | New Delhi | Feb 4, 2022:: BJP RS MP Rakesh Sinha, on February 4, introduced a Private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha on Population Control. While speaking on this, Rakesh Sinha said that if the population is not controlled, then social, economic and national problems will rise and there will be massive social stress and strain in the nation.

“For the first time in Parliament, Bill on Population control is being discussed. Till now 40 members have introduced Bill on the question of population control and regulation. My conviction is that if a law is not framed to regulate population of the country there would be unchecked burden on the nation’s recourses and unplanned growth of the population is going to create social, economic and also national problems. Therefore I consider that all political parties should submit on the question of population control and regulation. If the population is not controlled in the country, then the country may enter into many kinds of social stress which would turn out to be a major problem,” said Rakesh Sinha.

The Bill introduced by Rakesh Sinha was opposed by Congress and IUML where Congress MP Amee Yajnik said that she does not understand the rationale behind the Bill as it is being moved with a motive. After Congress and IUML opposed the Bill, Rakesh Sinha said that opposition parties want to serve the cause of fundamentalists and its votebank.

“I have not used the word religion even once but the Congress members have suspected the hidden agenda of targetting a particular community. This Bill is for all citizens not for a particular community, this is the fact that muslim population is growing faster than the Hindu population but my Bill is not talking about any caste or religion. Opposition parties are serving the cause of those fundamentalists who are oppsed to the population control Bill and I suspect that they are serving the cause of votebank politics,” Sinha further said.

“Congress party is surviving on the votebank who believe that unchecked population is their natural right and Congress party is serving their cause,” the BJP MP added.

BJP MP Rakesh Sinha stated that the Muslim population has increased immensely in the first census after partition and the population of Hindus has decreased.

This is a sociological fact that Muslim population was 9% in 1951 and now they are more than 14%, Hindu population was 84% in 1951, now they are 79%. We should try to encourage those communities whose population is declining very fast to come at the national average.

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AI ‘Nanny’ Being Created by Chinese Scientists to Grow Babies in Robot Wombs

Via TheMindUnleashed.com

The artificial intelligence nanny has arrived. Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) may now be used in conjunction to optimize the generation of human life, marking a significant milestone in the science.

Robotics and artificial intelligence can now assist in the development of newborns via the use of algorithms and artificial wombs, which is eerily similar to what we see in the cult classic, The Matrix.

According to the South China Morning Post, Chinese experts in Suzhou have pioneered the development of the latest technological breakthrough. However, there are concerns about the ethical implications of raising human beings in an artificial environment.

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Genocide Olympics Protesters Denounce ‘Complicity’ Of Corporations in Chinese Human Rights Abuses

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Brian Leung denounced mainstream corporations for supporting Beijing’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics at a “#NoBeijing2022” rally on Thursday in Washington, DC, saying their sponsoring of the event equates to tacit approval of the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations.

Smith and Leung spoke in person at the demonstration on February 3, organized by the Victims of Communism Memorial Fund (VOC).

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Nolte: Record Low Ratings for NBC’s Opening Coverage of Genocide Games

“Thursday’s primetime coverage of the Beijing Winter Olympics averaged 7.25 million viewers on NBC, marking the smallest primetime Olympic audience ever on the network,” reports Sports Media Watch. “The previous low was 8.5 million for the final night of competition at last year’s Tokyo Summer Olympics.”

That’s a 55 percent drop from four years ago when 16 million tuned into the opening night coverage of the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

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Report: China Uses DNA Selection, Beatings to Groom Olympic Athletes

As a world leader in medals in the Olympic Games, it is clear that China’s athletes are far from the amateurs. However, according to those who have been through the Chinese system, the nation’s child athletes suffer horrific treatment as they are groomed for Olympic gold.

Unlike most other countries, the Chinese Communist Party carefully grooms its athletes, even in childhood, to be top competitors. In contrast, other countries only begin eyeing athletes as they rise through competition.

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Police Go After Australians Protesting for Medical Freedom

We’ve heard an awful lot about the Freedom Convoy in Canada and the burgeoning trucker movement beginning to gain momentum here in the U.S. but not as much about what’s going on in Australia’s capital of Canberra.

Australians from all walks of life have descended into Canberra to protest for medical freedom. Citizens who are appalled by the government’s tactics, which have included draconian lockdowns, quarantine camps run by the military, and other restrictions are making their voices heard.

Don’t forget that Australia’s vaccine mandates even prevented the world’s number one men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic, from defending his Australian Open title.

Sadly, Australia’s ostensibly conservative government is speaking out as well — with force.

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Greek Population in Decline, Migrant Inflows Also Drop

Greece’s population declined by 39,933 in 2020, as births continued to trail deaths and incoming migration dropped, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said in a recent report.

ELSTAT’s data are based on the national statistics service’s estimates of the country’s population on January 1, 2021, which are, in turn, based on the findings of the 2011 census and not the one conducted in December 2021 and January 2022.

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Hungary Drafts Civil Guard Into Border Defense to Tackle Illegal Crossing Attempts on Southern Border

Hungary has responded to the rising number of illegal crossing attempts from Serbia by including its civil guard units in the country’s patrol schedule, according to a resolution published in the Hungarian Gazette on Wednesday.

According to the resolution, the government has approved the involvement of the staff of the National Civil Guard Association (OPSZ) in border control tasks “in order to deal with the increasing migratory pressure on the southern border of Hungary, and also agrees to provide the necessary resources for border guard activities.”

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Sudanese Migrant Convicted of Murdering Open Borders Activist French Girlfriend

A Sudanese illegal migrant has been sentenced to twenty years in prison after being found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend, a pro-migrant activist, in 2019.

Rifat Abbas, a 34-year old Sudanese illegal migrant was found guilty in a court in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis on Friday, receiving a prison sentence of twenty years. The migrant was accused of stabbing his former girlfriend, 27-year-old Audrey Coignard, to death in her apartment on September 16th of 2019.

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Conservatives, Independent Voices Build Own Platforms to Counter Big Tech Censorship, Managed News

Conservatives took critics to heart when they said, “build your own platforms,” in the wake of digital censorship claims.

Twitter competitors like Gab, Parler and now GETTR offer a “safe space” for those frustrated by the former’s inconsistent rules. The video platform Rumble, active since 2013 but experiencing a massive boost over the past year, is a haven for voices like conservative talker Dan Bongino recently silenced by Google-owned YouTube. And GiveSendGo.com lets clients denied access to GoFundMe crowdfund without compromising their values.

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Twitter’s “Potentially Offensive” Prompt Kills 30% of Posts When Displayed

Last year, Twitter re-launched its system that inserts a prompt whenever it detects that a user is about to post a “potentially offensive” statement.

The introduction of the feature was somewhat controversial, allowing Twitter to determine what was “offensive” and resulted in Twitter being able to nudge the public conversation in a direction that it chooses.

Now, some data has been collected to reveal that impact that these prompts have.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/5/2022

  1. Ilya Shapario made a few tweets to the effect that a SCOTUS nominee should not be determined by skin color and gender but by legal qualifications. Now college and university grads attending Georgetown Law School require a ‘Cry Room’ because the Prof. basically cited the law which prohibits discrimination based on race and gender. Now explain to me how anyone could possibly consider the Democrat Party demands to lower the voting age.

    • I don’t care what grounds Biden uses to select his nominee. That’s his business.
      But that nominee has to go through Senate. Advise and Consent, doncha know? And it is the job of the Senate to show the nominee the door if he isn’t qualified.
      Given the sort of nominees Biden is likely to send to the Senate, with a little luck this will be tied up for three more years.

  2. We see the Dominion of Canada lying face up on the bridge of the Enterprise. McCoy is working on him.

    “Clear!!!” Bzzz. Bzzz. Bzzz. “He’s dead Jim.”

    “Not So. Stand Back.” – Canadian Truckers.

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