Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/24/2022

Swedish humanitarian workers in Poland say that many Ukrainian refugees are reluctant to travel to Sweden because they are afraid of gun violence, to the point that buses bound for Sweden are having difficulties picking up a full load of passengers. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman in Italy (not a refugee) was attacked with acid by a gang of “youths” when they learned she was Ukrainian.

In other news, New York City lost nearly 7% of its population over the period of just one year during the “pandemic”.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Over a Million Face Poverty as Britain to See Worst Living Standards Decline Ever Recorded
» Russian Stocks Surge at Re-Open as ‘Plunge Protection Team’ Steps in
 
USA
» 8 Joe Biden Scandals Inside Hunter Biden’s Macbook That Corporate Media Just Admitted is Legit
» Airline CEOs Ask Biden to Drop Mask Mandates for Travel
» Alec Baldwin Making Movie Comeback in Christmas Comedies After Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting
» Army Approves Lower Physical Fitness Standards for Women
» Audio: Pelosi Reveals Her Disdain for Everyday Americans; “I Like to Eat at 5:30, Like a Peasant”
» Biden’s New COVID Czar Wants to Force Americans to Have Vaccine Passports
» Breaking: Biden Says ‘Food Shortages Are Gonna be Real’
» Breaking: Biden Calls for Removal of Russia From the G20
» CDC Tells New York Times it Hid COVID Data for Political Reasons
» Connecticut the Third State to Suspend Gas Tax as Pump Prices Surge
» Diversity Smokescreen
» Donald Trump Launches Lawsuit Over Russian Collusion Accusations by Hillary Clinton
» Fix: Still In
» GETTR Partners With Andy Ngo for Weekly News Show
» Governments Prefers Its Citizens Unarmed & Defenseless — Video
» Is the Democratic Party a Hate Group? An Objective Look
» Joe Rogan Slams Woke Big Tech Employees as ‘Mentally Ill’
» Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Being Investigated for ‘Law Enforcement Gang’ Activity
» Malice, Madness, Malignancy, Morons … and Us
» Michigan School Board President Removed After Allegedly Assaulting Colleague During Committee Meeting
» New Bill Aims to Limit Government Communication Spying
» New Florida Law Requires Financial Literacy Class for High School Graduation
» Patreon Purges Two More Conservative Commentators
» Pfizer Offered Me $1 Million & $50,000 Month Wage; Essentially to Stop Writing & Hammering Them/Bourla; I Have Had Limited Patchy Broken Income Due to Being Cancelled, Smeared; I Said No!
» Poll: Support for Further US Involvement in Ukraine Collapses When Americans Told it Risks War & Economic Hardship
» SLCSO: Deputy Saves Own Life After Being Stabbed Near Indian River Drive; Palm Bay Woman Arrested
» Startling Data Reveals How Many People Have Fled NYC During COVID Pandemic
» Twitter Censors the Federalist, Flags Articles as ‘Violent’ And ‘Misleading’
» Vaccine Mandate Protestors Block Doors at NYC Department of Health Building, Demand Accountability
» Video: Rand Paul Declares Fauci “A Menace” To Society
» Watch What Happens When a Mother at a School Board Meeting Tries to Read Explicit Content Served Up to Students
 
Canada
» Are Massive Tax Hikes Coming? (Ft. Pierre Poilievre)
» B.C. Health-Care Workers Are Taking the Province to Court to Fight COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
» Canadian Media Ignores Scolding of Trudeau While Rest of World Reports it
» Canadian Government Laments Fact Bitcoin Donations to Civil Liberties Protesters Can’t be Seized
» Former Liberal Leader Calls Alienation of Truckers a “Failure of Liberal Democracy”
» Masks Don’t Do Anything. Stop Wearing Them.
» One Vancouver Hotel Took in 2,204 Travellers Forced to Quarantine as Part of Federal Program
» Ontario NDP Ejects MPP Over ‘Islamophobic and Racist’ Views
» Ottawa Police Chief Admits That No Loaded Firearms Were Found in Trucks at the Freedom Protest
» Poll Shows Canadians Favor Full Defunding of the Nation’s State Broadcast Network
» Protesters Rally in Front of Quebec Parliament for Children’s Future
» Should Canada be Placed on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s Watch List?
» Six Times Liberal Claims About the Freedom Convoy Were Officially Disputed
» Two Men Launch Lawsuit Against Vaccination Travel Requirement
 
Europe and the EU
» “It Doesn’t Work” For Us — Austrian Chancellor Rejects Biden’s Pressure to Boycott Russia Energy
» A Swede Who Survived the Russian Attack on a NATO Training Camp Speaks Out
» COVID-1984: Greece Suspends Fines for Unvaccinated Over-60s — for Now
» European MP Slams Trudeau as ‘Disgrace to Democracy’
» Former Czech PM Babis Could Become President Even if He Goes to Prison
» Italy: Ukrainian Woman Attacked With Acid by ‘Youth Gang’
» Man Stabbed, Brutally Beaten in Mob ‘Lynching’ In France
» MEP Warns: ‘European Union Increasingly Shunning Accountability’
» PM Orban: Hungary Must Defend Its National Interests and Avoid Being Dragged Into War
» Szijjarto Defends Hungarian Anti-War Stance on Ukraine Conflict During UN Address
» Woke Poetry Journal Fooled, Publishes Absurd Satirical Poems Written by Right-Wingers
 
Russia
» French Carmaker Retreats From Russia
» Latest Developments
» Lavrov Warns Polish ‘Peacekeeping’ Plan Will Trigger “Direct Clash” Between NATO and Russia
» Poland Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize, Argues One British Correspondent
» Russia Will Go Nuclear… if Necessary
» Russia Bans Google News
» Ukraine Forces Say They’ve Destroyed Large Russian Warship
» Ukraine: Zelensky Marks One Month of War Accusing Russians of Mass Rape
» UN: More Than 1,000 Civilians Killed Since Ukraine Invasion, True Figure “Considerably Higher”
» Your ‘Private Messenger’ May Not be So Secure After All
 
South Asia
» India: ‘Hindus Have Become Aware of Jihadi Planning to Harm Infidels’: How Hindutva Groups Are Boycotting Muslims at Karnataka Temple Fairs
» YouTube Rolls Out New Panels to Tackle Health “Misinformation” In India
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia to Deport Two ‘Attention Seeking’ German Climate Protesters
 
Immigration
» Czechs to be Paid to House Ukrainian Refugees, Government Expects EU to Cover the Cost
» Dozens More Migrants Arrive in UK as Total for Year Nears 4,000…
» Sean Penn’s CORE Charity Signs Deal to Assist Ukrainian Refugees in Krakow
» Some Ukrainian Refugees Fear Sweden, Citing Public Safety Concerns
» The Border is Open, And Al-Qaeda is Calling on Jihadis to Come in
» US to Accept 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees
 
Culture Wars
» Actor Laurence Fox Comes Out as ‘Trans-Racial Actress’, Asks to Play Winnie Mandela
» Arizona, Oklahoma Pass Bills Banning Transgender Youth in Girls’ Sports
» Child Abuse: “Sex-Change” Procedures Being Done to Children
» Dem Congressman Freaks Out When Asked ‘What is a Woman’?
» Disney Launching Task Force to Make More LGBTQ+ Content for Children and Families
» Gavin Newsom Makes Abortion Free in California
» NCAA Gives Lia Thomas Trophy After Tie With Kentucky Swimmer Who Goes Home Empty-Handed
» Rand Paul Says Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Refusal to Define ‘Woman’ Casts Doubt on Her Ability to Rule in Title IX Cases
» Twitter REFUSES to Reinstate Babylon Bee’s Account
» Twitter Locks Tucker Carlson’s Account for Agreeing That Gender-Confused Biden Official is a Man
» Video: Ted Cruz Demands to Know Why Ketanji Brown Jackson Cannot Define What a ‘Woman’ Is
 

Over a Million Face Poverty as Britain to See Worst Living Standards Decline Ever Recorded

Britain is slated to see its worst drop in living standards ever recorded. Over one million people face being thrown into poverty.

1.3 million people in the United Kingdom will soon fall into poverty, partially as a result of recent economic decisions made by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, a report has claimed.

It comes as multiple publications predict that Britons will soon face the worst downturn in living standards ever recorded.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, disposable incomes are set to drop by 2.2 per cent this year, which it says will result in the worst living standards drop since records began in the mid-1950s.

This prediction has also been backed up by the Resolution Foundation think-tank, which also notes that it expects 1.3 million people in the country to soon be thrown into poverty.

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

Russian Stocks Surge at Re-Open as ‘Plunge Protection Team’ Steps in

After a record-long stock trading halt that was instituted on Feb. 28, days after the Ukrainian invasion, Russia has reopened the stock market with ample support from the government, according to Bloomberg.

For a shortened four-hour trading session, the Moscow Exchange exchange resumed trading in 33 most liquid Russian equities, including some of the biggest companies such as Gazprom PJSC and Sberbank PJSC. The MOEX Russia Index closed up nearly 4.5%.

Before the trading halt, MOEX plunged 30%, the most significant daily decline since Russia defaulted on its debt and devalued the ruble in 1998.

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

8 Joe Biden Scandals Inside Hunter Biden’s Macbook That Corporate Media Just Admitted is Legit

Merely admitting the laptop is legitimate is not enough. Rather, by concurring in the authenticity of the laptop and the emails, the supposed standard-bearers of journalism have also implicitly acknowledged the validity of the scandals spawn by the porn-filled MacBook. And notwithstanding the salacious source of the documentary evidence of the scandals, the scandals are not about Hunter Biden: They are about now-President Biden.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Airline CEOs Ask Biden to Drop Mask Mandates for Travel

At a time when states across the country have dropped their mask mandates, CEOs from a number of airlines sent a letter to President Biden on Wednesday urging him to end the federal mask mandate on public transportation, which was recently extended into next month.

The CEOs argue that the mask requirements are no longer needed given the current status of the virus, and asked as well for predeparture test requirements that are currently mandated to fly into the US to be dropped.

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

Alec Baldwin Making Movie Comeback in Christmas Comedies After Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin is set to make an acting comeback in two Italian Christmas comedies five months after the gun Baldwin was holding discharged, killing Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The actor and his brother William Baldwin are flying to Italy to shoot Kid Santa and Billie’s Magic World, two live-action and animation-hybrid family comedies in which the Baldwins will be appearing, according to a report by Deadline.

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

Army Approves Lower Physical Fitness Standards for Women

The US Army has made the decision to reduce physical fitness standards for women and older soldiers following a three-year review.

In 2019, the US Army developed a six-event fitness test, adding three extra events to the existing examination. A three-year review was conducted, and found that women and older soldiers were not doing as well as their younger male counterparts.

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

Audio: Pelosi Reveals Her Disdain for Everyday Americans; “I Like to Eat at 5:30, Like a Peasant”

Nancy Pelosi was captured saying that she loves to “eat at 5:30, like a peasant,” revealing her disdain for everyday Americans.

It is not known when Pelosi made the statement, but the audio was shared widely Wednesday.

Pelosi is heard in the recording declaring that because she is from Baltimore she likes to have dinner earlier, where as her husband from San Francisco dines with the elites later in the evening.

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

Biden’s New COVID Czar Wants to Force Americans to Have Vaccine Passports

Here we go again, another Biden appointee who wants to suck all the freedom of the American atmosphere.

Joe Biden’s newest COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha is a vocal advocate for forcing Americans to be assigned “vaccine passports” to allow them to work, shop, or travel anywhere outside their homes.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Biden Says ‘Food Shortages Are Gonna be Real’

President Joe Biden held a press conference in Brussels on Thursday, during a trip to Europe amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He took questions from reporters about concerns of growing food insecurity globally, as the two nations that are currently in conflict provide much of the world’s wheat.

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

Breaking: Biden Calls for Removal of Russia From the G20

President Joe Biden called on Thursday for the removal of Russia from the G20, and for Ukraine to be able to attend G20 meetings, despite not being part of that group. He also said that the “food shortages are gonna be real,” as regards the consequences of war between two of the world’s largest wheat producers, and the sanctions imposed on Russia.

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

CDC Tells New York Times it Hid COVID Data for Political Reasons

This rationale for deliberately hiding government-collected effectiveness data was even confirmed by the CDC’s spokeswoman, Kristen Nordlund. This taxpayer-funded agency didn’t want to give taxpayers the full picture of vaccine effectiveness—for their own good.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Connecticut the Third State to Suspend Gas Tax as Pump Prices Surge

Connecticut on Thursday became the third state to temporarily suspend its gas tax as prices at the pump have soared from inflation and Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Gov. Ned Lamont signed emergency legislation waiving the state’s excise tax on gas from April 1 to June 30, saving drivers $0.25 per gallon.

The measure also established a sales-tax-free week on clothing and footwear valued under $100 per item, beginning April 10. The state already has a similar tax-free week in August before students go back to school.

The legislation received unanimous bipartisan approval in the state’s General Assembly.

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

Diversity Smokescreen

Nevertheless, it has become an article of faith that affirmative action, by enhancing narrowly defined diversity, improves education. In a letter to the Harvard community, President Lawrence Bacow said, “Diversity opens our eyes to the promise of a better future,” and, “I long for the day when [race does not matter], but we still have miles to go before our journey is complete.”

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Donald Trump Launches Lawsuit Over Russian Collusion Accusations by Hillary Clinton

On Thursday, Donald Trump launched a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and many of her Democratic colleagues, for their role in trying to paint him as a Russian collaborator, starting in 2016 through to the present day.

The lawsuit alleges that the group was engaged in a “conspiracy to commit injurious falsehood.” It also alleges racketeering and a host of other legal wrongs.

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

Fix: Still In

Of course, none of that will work unless and until the Democrat Party (slogan: Election Thievery Since Boss Tweed!) is destroyed utterly, the earth under its mortal remains salted, scorched, and sanctified by a qualified priest or exorcist. It’s long been my opinion that, when it comes to elections, technology is NOT our friend; the old, tested and true methods are best.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

GETTR Partners With Andy Ngo for Weekly News Show

GETTR announced a new partnership Thursday with The Post Millennial‘s editor-at-large Andy Ngo which will see the independent journalist produce exclusive content on the social media platform for a news show called “Weekly Notice.”

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

Governments Prefers Its Citizens Unarmed & Defenseless — Video

If we lower our guard and trust people who swear to protect our Constitution, who also like to be in charge, we are being very foolish and our children will not know freedom in the future. If we cannot or will not govern ourselves, someone else will be very happy to do it for us.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Is the Democratic Party a Hate Group? An Objective Look

One thing I’ve noticed about The Radical Left over the years is that the phrase “It’s everybody’s problem” is actually Leftspeak for “We’ve done wrong and rather than take personal responsibility it’s better to tar everyone.” Two examples immediately come to mind. Remember AIDS epidemic back in the late 80s / early 90s? Hysteria was pushed to the point where one particularly slimy bureaucrat notched up the fearmongering by suggesting that one could get AIDS from simply standing near a family member. In reality, the plague mainly affected gay men, had all of the money spent targeting the entire population been targeted toward that community, lives could have been saved had the money been spent promoting making a few minor lifestyle changes to the gay community, mainly avoiding a few dangerous behaviors.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Rogan Slams Woke Big Tech Employees as ‘Mentally Ill’

Joe Rogan took aim at woke “activist” employees of large Silicon Valley tech firms, calling them “mentally ill” and “lunatics who are running the asylum to a certain extent.”

Rogan made the comments on his Spotify podcast during an interview Wednesday with Antonio Garcia Martinez, an ex-engineer at Apple and Facebook who parted ways with the iPhone maker after employees complained of “misogynistic” writings in his book.

During the segment, Rogan asked Martinez what it was like to work for a large tech firm.

“For someone from the outside, we look at it and say: ‘How are those f***ing places run?’“ Rogan said.

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

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Being Investigated for ‘Law Enforcement Gang’ Activity

A “gang” scandal within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has the city’s Inspector General pushing for a further investigation. Groups within law enforcement are being accused of discrimination, while lead Sheriff Alex Villanueva denounces it as an effort by progressives to smear his agency.

Reporter Cerise Castle responded to the recent news by citing her own 15-part series about the subject that was published last year.

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

Malice, Madness, Malignancy, Morons … and Us

But the big reason I haven’t sat down to blog is … well, what does one say? Welcome to &^%$#@ing World War 3? How about I wish to heck they’d all just get it over with — whatever “it” is?

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Michigan School Board President Removed After Allegedly Assaulting Colleague During Committee Meeting

Danielle Green, the President of Flint Community Schools Board of Education, was removed from her post on Wednesday after allegedly violently assaulting another school board member during a finance committee meeting earlier in the day.

Green allegedly slammed Treasurer Laura MacIntyre’s head into a desk, causing a concussion. She then allegedly grabbed MacIntyre by the throat and punched her multiple times, leaving a bloody wound, MLive reported.

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

New Bill Aims to Limit Government Communication Spying

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Senate and House introduced a law that would prevent government agencies from concealing secret data seizures through gag orders.

The issue was brought into the limelight by journalists from The Times, The Post, and CNN learned that the DOJ had secretly obtained their records.

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

New Florida Law Requires Financial Literacy Class for High School Graduation

Authored by Pill Pan via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed into law a bill that makes it a graduation requirement for high school students to complete a course on financial literacy.

Under Senate Bill 1054 (pdf), which gained unanimous approval in Florida’s state Legislature, all public school students entering 9th grade in the 2023-2024 school year and thereafter will have to complete a half-credit course covering topics such as balancing a checkbook, managing bank accounts, applying for loans, filing federal and local taxes, and disputing a billing error.

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

Patreon Purges Two More Conservative Commentators

Patreon, a platform that allows content creators and artists to get paid directly for their content, suspended Sydney Watson, the host of BlazeTV’s “You Are Here” because of her off-platform “activity.”

The platform also suspended Josh Lekach, host of the Wrong Opinion podcast, at around the same time.

Watson announced the suspension in a series of tweets, claiming she was suspended over “hate speech.” However, she hardly posts on Patreon, which led her to believe she was suspended for her activity on other platforms.

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

Pfizer Offered Me $1 Million & $50,000 Month Wage; Essentially to Stop Writing & Hammering Them/Bourla; I Have Had Limited Patchy Broken Income Due to Being Cancelled, Smeared; I Said No!

Yes, this happened. That I would not call out Bourla again. Of course no one would put this in writing but of course this was to silence me. Of course if I worked for Pfizer I would be muted complete from that moment on. That is how they silence you, put you on pay role.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: Support for Further US Involvement in Ukraine Collapses When Americans Told it Risks War & Economic Hardship

A new poll finds that Americans’ appetite for further US involvement in Ukraine collapses when they are informed about the risks of more economic hardships and World War III.

A Fox News story about the poll, which was also conducted by Fox News, buried the most interesting results to push the narrative that America should become more deeply embroiled in the war.

While 78 per cent of respondents expressed support for America to provide Ukraine with “substantial military aid” in the form of military equipment, that figure shrinks to just 36 per cent if it risks war with Russia.

In addition, 80 per cent of Americans support further economic sanctions against Russia, but this number drops to just 44 per cent when respondents include the proviso that this will lead to “higher prices and financial hardship for Americans.”

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

SLCSO: Deputy Saves Own Life After Being Stabbed Near Indian River Drive; Palm Bay Woman Arrested

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 21-year-old Palm Bay woman was jailed on an attempted murder charge after what St. Lucie County sheriff’s officials said Thursday was a “completely unprovoked” attack on a deputy, stabbing the law enforcement officer in the neck.

Deputy Cody Colangelo, 22, then fired a shot at the accused assailant, Leigha Michelle Day, during the late Wednesday encounter on South Indian River Drive, though the bullet didn’t strike her, officials said.

“By the grace of God last night, and through this deputy’s training, he is alive this morning,” Sheriff Ken Mascara said Thursday. “What was a routine call last night of a traffic accident on Indian River Drive turned into a deadly encounter for him.”

What happened

Chief Deputy Brian Hester said deputies about 11 p.m. Wednesday went to a rollover crash near the 12000 block of South Indian River Drive in southern St. Lucie County.

After speaking to witnesses, investigators learned a woman was seen going down an embankment on South Indian River Drive, which hugs the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon.

Hester said Colangelo, who joined the agency 2.5 years ago, found the woman, identified as Day, walking along the shoreline.

Hester said Colangelo, whose father and older brother also work at the Sheriff’s Office, spoke with Day for about a minute, and told Day to go back to the road where his vehicle was.

“After climbing approximately two to three stairs going up towards the road, she suddenly turned around and stabbed him (in the neck),” Hester said.

The wound, from what officials described as a “butterfly knife,” nicked his carotid artery.

“Deputy Colangelo, after kind of gathering himself, was able to draw his weapon, fire one round at Day as she then turned and fled back up the stairs,” Hester said, but the bullet didn’t strike Day.

Colangeo followed, realizing he’d been stabbed and putting pressure on his neck.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Startling Data Reveals How Many People Have Fled NYC During COVID Pandemic

The Big Apple’s population has been hollowed out during the COVID-19 pandemic — with Manhattan suffering the biggest population decline among all US counties, according to grim census data released Thursday.

New York County saw its population plunge by 110,958 or 6.9% between July 2020 and July 2021 — coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic.

New York City accounted for four of the top US counties with population losses.

Hudson County in neighboring New Jersey also landed in the top 10, which means the NY metropolitan region accounted for five of the top 10 counties with population losses.

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

Twitter Censors the Federalist, Flags Articles as ‘Violent’ And ‘Misleading’

The Federalist became the latest target of Twitter censorship on Wednesday when the outlet reported that the Big Tech giant began flagging their articles with “unsafe” warning links.

“The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe,” the warning reads, cautioning that the Federalist’s content could be “violent or misleading.”

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

Vaccine Mandate Protestors Block Doors at NYC Department of Health Building, Demand Accountability

A group of activists opposing New York City’s remaining vaccine mandates stormed the headquarters of the city’s Department of Health on Thursday, blocking the doors of the building as they demand accountability from the department.

“Activist[s] against mandates block the doors at the Department of Health in NY. Activist[s] state they want accountability from the Department of Health,” a tweet with footage of the protestors read.

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

Video: Rand Paul Declares Fauci “A Menace” To Society

Senator Rand Paul declared Wednesday that Anthony Fauci is a “menace” to society and refuses to admit he was wrong on almost every front concerning the pandemic because he’s still obsessed with controlling people.

Appearing on Fox News, Paul stated “The thing is if you believe in Dr. Fauci, what you should do immediately is go get stickers and make sure they are on the floor, and a yardstick so you know you are 6 feet away from people.”

“And Plexiglas,” Paul added, “carry Plexiglas around with you because Dr. Fauci thinks it somehow, you know, reflects the virus away from you.”

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

Watch What Happens When a Mother at a School Board Meeting Tries to Read Explicit Content Served Up to Students

Then the parent reads an explicit passage from the book, at which point a board member, Patsy Jordan, cuts her off. The member lectured her that children could be watching the meeting, and the selection was inappropriate under those circumstances. Incredulous, the mom shot back, “Don’t you find the irony in that? You’re saying exactly what I’m telling you. You’re giving it to our children.” It seems the concept of irony is lost on the current Cherokee County School Board.

           — Hat tip: Nitzakhon [Return to headlines]
 

Are Massive Tax Hikes Coming? (Ft. Pierre Poilievre)

Did Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh form their coalition pact to avoid a fiscal collapse?

Today on the Candice Malcolm Show, Candice is joined by Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.

Back in September 2020, Pierre predicted on this show that Canada’s fiscal situation was mathematically impossible and heading towards a collapse. He said that Trudeau desperately needed a majority government to hide his scandal and to raise taxes to afford his COVID spending binge.

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

B.C. Health-Care Workers Are Taking the Province to Court to Fight COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

On March 16, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), filed a petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to begin the process of suing the B.C. government for their COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health-care workers.

The legal action was filed on behalf of 12 frontline medical professionals who represent thousands of health-care workers who have been ordered out of work and forbidden from caring for British Columbians since last year, as well as the regulated health-care workers who have recently had the release of their personal vaccination status by March 31 be mandated by the province.

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

Canadian Media Ignores Scolding of Trudeau While Rest of World Reports it

Despite Canadian legacy media outlets burying the story, the reprimand of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by European parliamentarians in Brussels has made headlines around the world.

Trudeau was treated to scathing condemnation by several Members of European Parliament (MEP) after giving a speech to the European Union on Wednesday.

Croatian MEP Mislav Kolakusic called out the Canadian prime minister for engaging in a “dictatorship of the worst kind” over his treatment of peaceful Freedom Convoy protestors in February.

At least three other MEPs echoed Kolakusic’s remarks, with Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes entirely boycotting Trudeau’s speech.

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

Canadian Government Laments Fact Bitcoin Donations to Civil Liberties Protesters Can’t be Seized

Recent events around the globe have prompted many to consider how safe and “unconfiscatable” cryptocurrencies are — and whether or not the use of digital money adds to the quality of life, where freedoms and privacy are concerned.

Depending on what cryptocurrency you look at, the verdict may be different, or the jury may still be out; but at least in one case, it seems that a cryptocurrency is attempting to live up to the hype. And this is happening over in Canada, much to the chagrin of the police there.

Canada is where participants in a civil protest against Covid mandates, known as “Freedom Convoy,” faced all kinds of unprecedented (for a democracy) measures taken against them, complete with freezing of bank accounts.

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

Former Liberal Leader Calls Alienation of Truckers a “Failure of Liberal Democracy”

Former Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff has said that the trucker protests against COVID-19 restrictions reveal just how fractured political discourse has become in Canada.

“Why the hell did we get to a situation in which hard working men and women in Canada felt so alienated that they had to shut down the capital of our country for three weeks?” said Ignatieff on an upcoming episode of The Hub’s Hub Dialogues. “It doesn’t excuse what they did — I felt that police action had to be taken to clear the thing — but, boy, it’s an indictment of the failure of liberal democracy.”

Ignatieff was the Liberal leader from 2008 to 2011, and it was his resignation that led to Justin Trudeau eventually winning the party’s leadership. An academic and author, Ignatieff served most recently as president and rector of the Central European University.

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

Masks Don’t Do Anything. Stop Wearing Them.

Whether it was the obsessive rules about masking, punitive vaccine mandates or the bullying tactics used against the unvaccinated, Canada’s Covid policies were characterized by repeated failures.

The public health advice was confusing, hypocritical, hectoring and oftentimes, completely counter to what we knew about the virus. It was opposed to scientific knowledge.

Today on the Candice Malcolm Show, Candice is joined by Dr. Matt Strauss, the Medical Officer of Health for Haldimand Norfolk and an ICU doctor at Guelph General Hospital. Dr. Strauss wrote a recent opinion piece he wrote on a comprehensive scientific study on the limitations of masks — especially cloth masks.

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

One Vancouver Hotel Took in 2,204 Travellers Forced to Quarantine as Part of Federal Program

The information comes from an inquiry of Health Ministry came from NDP MP Don Davies (Vancouver-Kingsway) who asked about the number of travellers who had been forced to quarantine at one hotel in the Greater Vancouver area.

The Designated Quarantine Facility (DQF) site at Pacific Gateway saw 2,204 detainees between March 2020 and January 2022 before the facility was retired from the DQF program in favour of a smaller facility in February 2022.

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Ontario NDP Ejects MPP Over ‘Islamophobic and Racist’ Views

A longtime legislator was removed from the Ontario New Democrats’ caucus following the discovery that he was a part of an “Islamophobic” Facebook group.

MPP Paul Miller was ousted last week following an internal investigation. The party says that they became aware of Miller’s involvement following “a pattern of troubling behaviour that indicated that Paul Miller may harbour Islamophobic, homophobic and racist views.”

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Ottawa Police Chief Admits That No Loaded Firearms Were Found in Trucks at the Freedom Protest

Ottawa’s interim police chief admitted after several questions that there were no loaded firearms found in the trucks or vehicles of any of the Freedom Convoy protestors.

The questioning came from Conservative MP Dane Lloyd, who pressed interim Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell on the matter.

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Poll Shows Canadians Favor Full Defunding of the Nation’s State Broadcast Network

(LifeSiteNews) — Results from a new poll indicate the majority of Canadians would put their support behind the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) if it committed to fully defunding Canada’s state broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

According to the poll conducted by Angus Reid Institute, 64 percent of Canadians said that they would consider voting CPC if the party promised to strip the CBC of all funds.

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Protesters Rally in Front of Quebec Parliament for Children’s Future

Another protest took place in Quebec City in front of the Parliament on Saturday, March 19. This time, the day was dedicated to the future of children and many toys were offered to those who were present.

Music and games animated the day despite the snowstorm that was starting. The demonstrators even created a human chain along René-Lévesque boulevard to show how they are united by this cause.

It was an energetic demonstration that brought many families together. I also took the time to discuss the looming Bill 28, that would give the Legault government exceptional powers.

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Should Canada be Placed on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s Watch List?

United States Senator Josh Hawley has already said as much, calling the crackdown on Christians in Canada something you’d expect to see in Communist China, and he isn’t alone. While many Canadians seem apathetic to the extent of abuse being enduring by Christian communities, whether via governmental overreach or arson and vandalism, international attention on the question of religious freedom has continued to mount.

Now the Ohio House of Representative is adding their voice to the growing list of political bodies concerned over the abuses and religious discrimination taking place. They reached out to Rebel News, as we are on the only outlet covering these stories consistently and accurately with boots on the ground, requesting a first-hand witness testimony of what has been happening as they explore a resolution to support the addition of Canada to U.S. religious freedom watchlist.

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Six Times Liberal Claims About the Freedom Convoy Were Officially Disputed

Several key pieces of testimony have poked holes in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s justification for using the Emergencies Act to quash peaceful freedom convoy protestors in February.

Throughout the protests, the Liberals and legacy media made a number of claims about the convoy ranging from extremist involvement, foreign funding and millionaires bankrolling the movement. To date, all of these claims have been called into question by law enforcement officials and fundraising executives.

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Two Men Launch Lawsuit Against Vaccination Travel Requirement

With no end in sight for the federal vaccination requirement to board a commercial flight or train trip in Canada, two men have filed a lawsuit against the Trudeau government demanding the restriction be lifted.

Shaun Rickard, a British citizen who has been living in Canada for 30 years as a permanent resident, is the owner of a winter contracting business. He is also unvaccinated. Rickard and another man, Karl Harrison, have filed a court challenge against the government’s travel restrictions targeting unvaccinated Canadians.

In an exclusive interview with True North, Rickard explained that “not being able to travel is problematic,” especially since the restrictions bar him from being able to visit his family in England, including his father, who is sick with Alzheimer’s.

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“It Doesn’t Work” For Us — Austrian Chancellor Rejects Biden’s Pressure to Boycott Russia Energy

As President Biden struggles to convince America’s European allies to bite the bullet and agree to tougher sanctions on Russian energy during his trip to Brussels (where he is participating in meetings with NATO, the G-7 and the EU), Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer offered the latest example of why this this will likely be a futile effort on Biden’s part, as uniting Europe in opposition to Russia simply isn’t feasible given its dependence on Russian oil and gas.

Speaking Thursday, Nehammer denied reports in the Austrian press claiming his government was in talks to agree to an embargo on Russian energy. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth he said, adding that talk of a Russian energy boycott is “unrealistic and wrong”.

“It doesn’t work. Austria gets 80% of its gas from Russia.” What’s more, rumors of a boycott are harmful in and of themselves, because they serve to drive energy prices higher.

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A Swede Who Survived the Russian Attack on a NATO Training Camp Speaks Out

NATO denies that any of their instructors were present at the time of the Russian attack, and even the Pentagon said the last of their people had left the Yavoriv military base a few weeks ago. Swedish reporter Dan Malmquist spoke to a survivor of the bombed International Center for Peacekeeping and Security near the Polish border.

However, the attack from Russia so close to the border with NATO country Poland was called a “significant escalation” by the British government and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned that any shelling of a neighboring NATO member — even if it happens by mistake — will lead to a “full-scale response” from the military alliance.

Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that 30 rockets hit the base, citing the casualties of 35 dead and 134 wounded. The Ministry of Defense claimed that no foreigners were confirmed among the dead. British daily The Mirror reported that the number of dead probably exceeds 100 and that at least three British ex-soldiers were feared to have been killed…

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COVID-1984: Greece Suspends Fines for Unvaccinated Over-60s — for Now

The Greek government is set to halt its mandatory vaccination policy for those over the age of 60 on April 15th but may bring back fines for the still-unvaccinated in September of this year.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris stated on Wednesday that the monthly fine for those who are over the age of 60 and still unvaccinated against the Wuhan virus will be suspended as of April 15th, just months after the policy was introduced by the government in an effort to increase Greek vaccination rates.

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European MP Slams Trudeau as ‘Disgrace to Democracy’

Another European politician took umbrage with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s presence in Brussels on the floor of European of Parliament, following his address to a mostly empty auditorium yesterday.

MEP Christine Anderson told the prime minister that he was a “disgrace to any democracy.” Anderson criticized Trudeau for violating “democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”

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Former Czech PM Babis Could Become President Even if He Goes to Prison

Former Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his former adviser Jana Nagyova are facing potential prison terms in the Capi hnizdo (Stork Nest) case, which is being pursued by Prague prosecutor Jaroslav Šaroch. However, even if he is convicted, he may have constitutional grounds for becoming president, a position he is likely to seek in the upcoming election.

According to the indictment, Babis illegally drew a subsidy worth 50 million korunas (over €2 million) and used it to build the Stork Nest. In an interview with the SeznamZpravy news outlet, constitutional lawyer Jan Kysela stated that Babis could become Czech president even if he was convicted.

As stated by lidovky.cz news outlet, Babis is accused of subsidy fraud and damage to the financial interests of the EU, while the actions of Nagyova are qualified as helping Babis in this criminal activity. Babis and Nagyova have been rejecting such accusations for a long time.

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Italy: Ukrainian Woman Attacked With Acid by ‘Youth Gang’

A 56-year-old Ukrainian woman was surrounded and attacked with acid by a youth gang in the city of Perugia after the gang asked her nationality and what she thought of the ongoing war.

The 56-year-old, who has lived in the city of Perugia for some time and is not a refugee fleeing the ongoing conflict, was surrounded by the youth gang along the via Bartolo last Saturday and was asked if she was Ukrainian, to which she replied in the affirmative.

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Man Stabbed, Brutally Beaten in Mob ‘Lynching’ In France

A man was hospitalized with critical injuries following an “ultra-violent” mob attack in France described as a “lynching” by local media.

The horrifying attack unfolded at around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday night in the Clos-des-Roses district of Compiègne, a commune in the department of Oise.

A severely wounded man ran into a restaurant near Baudelaire Square and collapsed.

Witnesses informed police that the victim had been set upon by a group of around 20 people, some of whom were armed.

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MEP Warns: ‘European Union Increasingly Shunning Accountability’

The institutions of the European Union have usurped the power of citizens. No one has ever given them the authority or right to do so and they are accountable to no one. That is the position of MEP Tom Vandendriessche (Vlaams Belang) stated recently in the European Parliament.

The European Commission was originally set up as a college of officials to implement what the member states had agreed upon, but is increasingly acting like a kind of European government that wants to dictate policy to member states. Citizens mainly wonder who these people are who have not been elected by anyone. Technocracy is not democracy,” said Vandendriessche.

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PM Orban: Hungary Must Defend Its National Interests and Avoid Being Dragged Into War

We must protect Hungary’s national interests, and we must stand up in Brussels for the next two days, Viktor Orban said on Wednesday, before attending a two-day NATO-EU summit in Brussels.

He pointed out that Hungary must do everything to prevent being dragged into a war in Ukraine.

“We must say no to proposals that would result in an air war with Russia, we must prevent proposals that want to extend sanctions against the Russian aggression to the energy sector, and so it is difficult, perhaps, but they would put Hungary in an impossible position,” he said.

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Szijjarto Defends Hungarian Anti-War Stance on Ukraine Conflict During UN Address

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjartó has defended his country’s reaction to the ongoing conflict in neighboring Ukraine, insisting it should not be the Hungarian people who pay the price of war.

Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Szijjartó highlighted that Hungary had taken in a substantial number of refugees and will continue to provide humanitarian aid to those in need, but will continue refusing to provide military assistance to either side.

“The war [in Ukraine] must be ended as soon as possible, Hungarian people do not want this war,” Szijjartó told the chamber.

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Woke Poetry Journal Fooled, Publishes Absurd Satirical Poems Written by Right-Wingers

A prestigious poetry journal in Ireland was tricked into publishing absurdly ‘woke’ but deliberately awful poems written by right-wingers which satirically claimed the first Irish people were black.

Yes, really.

Icarus Magazine, considered to be Trinity College Dublin’s most respected poetry journal, was duped into publishing the fake poems after the college’s student union president-elect Ms Gabi Fullam, an anti-racism activist, appeared to be a little too keen to display her politically correct credentials.

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French Carmaker Retreats From Russia

French auto-maker Renault announced on Wednesday that it was pausing operations at its Moscow factory and exploring options for selling its majority stake in the Russia-based AvtoVAZ conglomerate.

The move comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned the company by name in a speech to French lawmakers, calling on them to support Kiev.

Earlier in the day, Zelensky addressed the parliament in Paris via video-link and demanded that French companies “must quit the Russian market” and stop financing what he called the “Russian war machine.” He specifically named Renault among the examples.

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Latest Developments

In Brussels: The U.S. and western allies imposed new measures on Russia and increased aid to Ukraine on Thursday during a day of meetings in Brussels, where President Biden said up to 100,000 refugees would be accepted in the U.S. and endorsed booting Russia from the G-20 group of major economies.

The gatherings in Brussels came amid rising concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin could order the use of chemical or other unconventional weapons in Ukraine, a move Mr. Biden said would trigger a U.S. response. Mr. Biden said he is hopeful that China won’t offer aid to Russia, while emphasizing his earlier threat of retaliation should that happen.

In Ukraine: Ukraine said it struck Russian-occupied port facilities in the Azov Sea city of Berdyansk, destroying a Russian ship, as the war entered its second month.

President Volodymyr Zelensky is hoping that the NATO summit will lead to more aid for his country and additional sanctions against Russia, as the humanitarian toll of Moscow’s invasion continues to mount.

In a late-night address, he urged that Thursday, March 24—one month since Russia invaded—be marked around the world by people showing their support for Ukraine through public demonstrations. Mr. Zelensky is set to address the emergency NATO meeting.

In Russia: Russia’s stock market jumped in its first limited trading session since the West unveiled sanctions nearly a month ago.

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Lavrov Warns Polish ‘Peacekeeping’ Plan Will Trigger “Direct Clash” Between NATO and Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to a Polish plan to send 10,000 NATO ‘peacekeeping’ troops into Ukraine by warning that this would trigger a “direct clash” between Russia and NATO.

The comments were in response to a proposal we highlighted yesterday that would see the ‘peackeeping’ force establish protection for humanitarian corridors with a ‘limited’ no fly zone.

The danger being of course that a ‘limited’ no fly zone could soon extend to a full no fly zone that would likely trigger World War III.

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Poland Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize, Argues One British Correspondent

Poland deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize for its unrivaled compassionate response to Ukrainians fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Russian invasion, Matthew Day, a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, has claimed.

In an article for the U.K. newspaper, Day praised the humanitarian aid that has been offered by Poland since Ukrainians began crossing the border en masse last month.

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Russia Will Go Nuclear… if Necessary

Despite being a game designer, I would not hesitate to declare that history is a much more reliable guide to anticipating human behavior than game theory. Because humans are irrational creatures and game theory relies upon something that is observably rare, to the extent it can even be said to exist at all, which is to say human rationality.

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Russia Bans Google News

Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has banned Google News for spreading what it called “fake news” about the invasion of Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Roskomnadzor said it acted on a request from the Prosecutor General’s Office to ban Google News.

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Ukraine Forces Say They’ve Destroyed Large Russian Warship

Ukrainian forces say they have destroyed a large Russian warship in the occupied port of Berdyansk in the southeast, and emerging photos and videos appear to confirm that a Russian ship is indeed on fire.

CNN while featuring images said it “could not confirm the Navy’s claim although social media videos appeared to show a very large fire with secondary explosions in the port.”

Berdyansk is on the Azov Sea, about 45 miles to the southwest of Mariupol and had a small Ukrainian naval base, with the city of some 100,000 having come under Russian control by the end of February, or within the first two weeks of the invasion.

Multiple reports are identifying the warship as the ‘Orsk’, which only within the last few days landed at the port which the Russians are now using to ferry in equipment for its forces as they attempt to advance across the south.

According to more of what’s alleged by Ukraine’s military, as reported in the BBC: “A Russian landing ship has been destroyed and two other boats have been damaged in the occupied Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk, say Ukrainian officials.”

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Ukraine: Zelensky Marks One Month of War Accusing Russians of Mass Rape

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered an address on Thursday observing one month of full-scale war with Russia by accusing Russian soldiers of a variety of human rights abuses against civilians, including looting, seizing humanitarian aid, and rape.

Ukrainian officials have sporadically mentioned reports of rape in urban areas that Russian soldiers have invaded, but without providing details or evidence. The U.S. State Department, in its formal accusation against Russia of war crimes this week, did not mention any incidents of alleged rape of Ukrainian civilians by Russian soldiers.

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UN: More Than 1,000 Civilians Killed Since Ukraine Invasion, True Figure “Considerably Higher”

On Thursday the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) revised its official tally of civilian deaths since the Russian invasion of Ukraine that started on Feb.24, saying civilian deaths now exceeded 1,000 — with total casualties of 2,685 — as the war has reached one month.

But the office warned that “the actual figures are considerably higher” — in a statement, which described that “Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes.”

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Your ‘Private Messenger’ May Not be So Secure After All

As Russian tanks rolled into neighboring Ukraine late last month and the Russian government blocked its citizens’ access to Facebook, use of the Tor network — which lets people use the Internet without revealing their identities or locations — shot up in the country.

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India: ‘Hindus Have Become Aware of Jihadi Planning to Harm Infidels’: How Hindutva Groups Are Boycotting Muslims at Karnataka Temple Fairs

Posters ‘banning’ Muslim-run shops & stalls have popped up at temple fairs across Karnataka, especially in wake of hijab row. Opposition raises matter in Assembly, govt shrugs.

Anusha Ravi Sood | The Print Online | Bengaluru | March 24, 2022: It’s a far cry from business as usual at Karnataka’s lively temple festivals. Covid restrictions have been lifted, but Hindutva groups have imposed new ones about who can put up shops and stalls, and who cannot.

“Hindus have become aware,” proclaims a poster outside the famous Bappanadu Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple in Mulki, about 25km from Mangaluru.

Written in Kannada, it lists out a few ‘rules’ for the ongoing temple fair: “We will not engage in business with those who don’t respect this land’s law and Constitution, those who slaughter the cattle we worship… We won’t let them set up business here either.” The sign-off on the poster says, “All Hindus”.

Ironically, the name ‘Bappanadu’ comes from a Muslim Beary trader who is believed to have built this Hindu temple. The temple authorities in Mulki have tried to take down posters like this one, but there has been a palpable change in the atmosphere, particularly in the wake of the hijab row, which started in Karnataka’s coastal belt last year.

Across the state, there have been at least half a dozen instances this year alone of Muslims being ‘banned’ from doing business at temple fairs. Hindutva organisations including the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Hindu Jagarana Vedike, and the Bajrang Dal have been submitting memorandums to temple authorities, municipal officials, and town councils, calling for a ban on Muslims setting up shops and stalls.

And, just in case Muslims do manage to put up stalls, the Hindutva groups have also been urging Hindus to boycott such traders.

The matter is becoming increasingly contentious. This Wednesday, opposition parties raised the issue of communally provocative banners and posters about banning Muslims at temple fairs in the Karnataka Assembly. However, BJP leaders offered little by way of response, with B.C. Nagesh, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, saying that “reactions to actions” were not surprising — a reference to the call for a bandh by a Muslim religious leader in the wake of the hijab verdict…

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YouTube Rolls Out New Panels to Tackle Health “Misinformation” In India

YouTube rolled out two new features to tackle health “misinformation” in India. The features will be available in English and at least 8 other languages used in India.

The director and global head of healthcare and public health at YouTube, Garth Graham, speaking to The Economic Times India, said that YouTube aims “to provide equitable access to highly authoritative health information that is evidence-based, culturally relevant and engaging.”

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Australia to Deport Two ‘Attention Seeking’ German Climate Protesters

A pair of German climate protesters who blocked entry to a major Australian seaport have been arrested, had their visas canceled and on Thursday were being readied for immediate deportation after a court appearance.

They will be expelled by the conservative coalition government in Canberra “on good order grounds” and in the public’s interest.

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Czechs to be Paid to House Ukrainian Refugees, Government Expects EU to Cover the Cost

Czechs who offer to accommodate refugees in their own homes or vacant apartments will receive a contribution of 3,000 korunas (€121) per person per month to cover costs, the Czech government announced on Wednesday.

Discussing the help available for refugees in an interview with the SeznamZpravy news outlet, Czech Labor Minister Marian Jurecka explained that the government expects part reimbursement of the cost from the European Commission through the EU budget.

“The ceiling amount of 12,000 korunas (€486) can already cover the basic costs,” Jurecka said about the maximum amount someone can claim from the state for housing refugees. “Those people will also have access to the labor market and will be able to pay some of their future income, but we leave it to the agreement between them and those who sheltered them,” said the minister.

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Dozens More Migrants Arrive in UK as Total for Year Nears 4,000…

…Border Force escort three groups into Dover after being picked up in Channel with numbers expected to rise in warm weather

Dozens of migrants have arrived in the UK by small boat this morning — as the total number of crossings for the year approaches 4,000.

UK authorities have intercepted or rescued 3,897 people in 126 boats so far this year, according to official Home Office figures.

The number of migrant arrivals is expected to continue rising as the warmer weather brings calm conditions at sea.

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Sean Penn’s CORE Charity Signs Deal to Assist Ukrainian Refugees in Krakow

A charity co-founded by American actor and director Sean Penn has reached an agreement to provide ongoing support to Ukrainian refugees living in Poland.

The Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) foundation, co-led by the two-time Oscar winner Penn, will cooperate with local government in Kraków to provide accommodation and educational support to refugees. A deal was signed during Penn’s visit to the city for a meeting with Kraków’s mayor on Wednesday.

The initiative will see unoccupied premises in the Polish city converted into accommodation for approximately 50 refugees. The foundation will also open an office in Kraków and employ support workers to assist Ukrainians in need.

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Some Ukrainian Refugees Fear Sweden, Citing Public Safety Concerns

A number of Ukrainians are reportedly refusing to seek refuge in Sweden over concerns for their safety, it has emerged.

The story was first reported by Swedish news outlet Nyheter Idag following a first hand account from a humanitarian worker on the ground in Poland.

Jimmy Hemmingsson, a Swedish national currently assisting the humanitarian effort in the Polish capital of Warsaw, explained in a radio interview that refugees have been expressing concerns about the number of shootings that occur in Sweden, in addition to hearing reports of social protection services taking children away.

He revealed that he was currently having a hard time filling the buses destined for Stockholm.

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The Border is Open, And Al-Qaeda is Calling on Jihadis to Come in

The al-Qaeda magazine argues strongly that Muslims should be immigrating to infidel lands today, even saying, “Woe to the liars, as the angels told the Muslims who remained [that is, didn’t embark on a hijra] and were given hellfire. The angels told the Muslims who did not do hijrah that their destination will be JAHANNAM [hell].”

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US to Accept 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees

Bloomberg reports that Joe Biden is set to announce a plan that will see the United States accept as many as 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Actor Laurence Fox Comes Out as ‘Trans-Racial Actress’, Asks to Play Winnie Mandela

Cancelled actor Laurence Fox jokingly claimed that he is now a “trans-racial actress of colour” and that he is looking to finally win an Oscar for portraying the widow of Nelson Mandela.

Taking to “Twatter”, as Fox typically refers to the American social media platform, the actor turned political campaigner announces “some personal news” on Wednesday evening.

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Arizona, Oklahoma Pass Bills Banning Transgender Youth in Girls’ Sports

Arizona and Oklahoma passed bills on Thursday that would ban transgender youth from participating in girls’ sports, the latest in a flurry of state legislation passed by Republicans on the hot-button, election year issue.

In addition to the Republican-sponsored “Save Women’s Sports Act,” Arizona lawmakers passed legislation that would prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming surgery to minors. Both bills are now headed to the desk of Governor Doug Ducey, also a Republican.

The votes largely fell along party lines.

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Child Abuse: “Sex-Change” Procedures Being Done to Children

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Dem Congressman Freaks Out When Asked ‘What is a Woman’?

The ‘just trust the science’ crowd no longer has the ability to explain basic biological realities.

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Disney Launching Task Force to Make More LGBTQ+ Content for Children and Families

A groveling Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Monday told employees the company should have condemned Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill that blocked the teaching of sexuality and transgender ideology to students in kindergarten through third grade, speaking 24-hours hours before mutinous staff planned to walk out during a day-long strike.

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Gavin Newsom Makes Abortion Free in California

On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a rule that forbids insurances from implementing co-pays, deductibles, and other cost-sharing for abortion services.

SB 245, otherwise known as the Abortion Accessibility Act, was introduced to the California legislation early last year by Long Beach Senator Lena A. Gonzalez. The governor’s office touted that they were one of six states that require health insurance providers to cover abortion procedures.

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NCAA Gives Lia Thomas Trophy After Tie With Kentucky Swimmer Who Goes Home Empty-Handed

A senior University of Kentucky swimmer that competed in the 200 yard freestyle race on Friday at the NCAA women’s championship against biological male swimmer Lia Thomas, who competes on the women’s team, says that NCAA officials placed the UPenn swimmer ahead of her on the podium, despite the two tying in the race.

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Rand Paul Says Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Refusal to Define ‘Woman’ Casts Doubt on Her Ability to Rule in Title IX Cases

During a Wednesday interview with Newsmax, Senator Rand Paul cast doubt on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s ability to rule over Title IX cases after she refused to define what a woman is during her confirmation hearings on Tuesday.

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Twitter REFUSES to Reinstate Babylon Bee’s Account

The Twitter overlords have spoken and decreed that satire website The Babylon Bee did commit “a violation” of the platform’s hate speech rules and therefore will remain locked out of their account until they bend the knee and admit wrongdoing.

As we covered earlier this week, CEO Seth Dillon appeared on on Tucker Carlson’s show to speak about the original suspension of the Babylon Bee by Twitter for for promoting a parody article about transgender Biden Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine being the “man of the year.”

Dillon provided an update Wednesday, noting that Twitter has denied an appeal to overturn the suspension.

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Twitter Locks Tucker Carlson’s Account for Agreeing That Gender-Confused Biden Official is a Man

SAN FRANCISCO (LifeSiteNews) — Twitter locked FOX News host Tucker Carlson’s account Tuesday because he wrote that banned tweets about biological male Rachel Levine are true.

The tweet in question showed screenshots of lock-out notices for Christian satire news site The Babylon Bee and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for pointing out that Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHH) Rachel Levine, whose birth name is Richard, is a man. The caption of the tweet read “But wait. Both of these tweets are true.”

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Video: Ted Cruz Demands to Know Why Ketanji Brown Jackson Cannot Define What a ‘Woman’ Is

After Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court declared Tuesday that she couldn’t define what a woman is because she is not a biologist, Senator Ted Cruz attempted to drill down further, asking Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson if it would be legally sound in her opinion for him to suddenly decide he was a woman or even that he was Asian.

Cruz noted that Jackson appears to “be the only Supreme Court nominee in history that has been unable to answer the question ‘what is a woman?’

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