Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/25/2022

Canada’s House of Commons voted down a motion by the Conservative Party of Canada that would have ended all vax mandates. Meanwhile, according to a study released by George Washington University, giving aspirin to hospitalized COVID patients significantly reduces their chances of dying from the disease.

In other news, Ukraine has proposed that Poland be the guarantor of a possible peace deal with Russia.

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

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Financial Crisis
» German Taxpayers to Receive $330 Lump Sum Amid Exploding Energy Costs
 
USA
» 3 Men Plead Guilty to Setting Fire to Police Car During Las Vegas Racial Justice Protests
» ABC Journalist Unhappy That Biden Was ‘Too Quick to Rule Out’ World War III
» Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk for Death in Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19
» Breaking: Suspects Who Unleashed Dogs on Family Cat in Brutal Attack Taken Into Police Custody
» Breaking: Clarence Thomas Released From the Hospital Following Infection
» Breaking: Biden Says US Troops Will See Conditions in Ukraine ‘When You’re There’
» Campus Police Step in After Antifa Threatens Leadership Institute Training Event
» College Accused of Racial Segregation, Banning CRT Criticism, Using COVID to Punish Conservatives
» Family Files $10 Million Wrongful Death Claim Against Seattle After Man Mistakenly Placed on Blacklist
» Fired NYC Workers Furious With Mayor Adam’s Athlete Vaccine Mandate Exemption, Looking to Sue
» Florist Who Entered the Capitol on Jan 6 Sentenced to Two Months Probation, $5,000 Fine
» Joe Manchin to Support Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation
» Judge Temporarily Puts Some Limits on Virginia’s Mask Mandate Ban
» MSNBC Piece Claims ‘Health & Fitness’ Is New Gateway Drug to the Far-Right
» Pedophile Sentenced to 3 Months by Ketanji Brown Jackson Continued ‘To Seek Out Sexually Arousing’ Images of Teen Boys
» Poll: Majority of Democrats Would Flee the United States if it Was Invaded Like Ukraine
» Rep. Jim Jordan Says Impeaching Biden is ‘Definitely a Discussion’ Republicans Should Have
» Residents Say They Would Rather Flee NYC Than Return to Work in Crime-Ridden Streets
» Ron DeSantis Signs Curriculum Transparency Bill in Florida
» SCOTUS Sides With Biden Admin, Rules Against Navy Seals in Vaccine Mandate Case
» The Masked Generation: Young Adults Struggle With Isolation, Loneliness
» Utah Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Faking ISIS Persona
» Video: Biden Again Admits Sanctions Don’t Work After Announcing More Sanctions
» Video Shows St. Lucie County Deputy Stabbed in Neck, Authorities Say
 
Canada
» 200+ CN Workers File Against Feds, Rail Company for Vaxx Mandate Firings
» Breaking: Jailed Pastor Artur Pawlowski Granted Bail But Placed Under House Arrest
» Calgary Protests Expected to Continue Under Emergency Injunction
» Canadian Parliament Rejects Conservative Motion Calling for an End to COVID Jab Mandates
» Canadian Panel Suggests Digital IDs Could Track Vaccine Status, Encourage Un-Jabbed Into Getting Shots
» Carbon Tax Rebates Not Covering Costs to Canadians
» CBC Says Racism Against White People “Doesn’t Exist”
» Conflicting Vaccination Policies Plague Two Provinces
» Exclusive: Privy Council Sought to Hire Social Media Snoop to Monitor Canadians’ COVID Opinions
» Ford Has No Plans to Reimpose Restrictions as Cases Rise in Ontario
» Justin Trudeau Boasts About ‘Successful’ Trip to Europe Despite Getting Called a Dictator to His Face
» Making a Difference Through Music
» Marc Dalton Says He’s Principled and Unafraid to Take a Stand
» More Health Professionals Reign in the Delusion of Indiscriminate Vaccine Mandates
» Ottawa Convoy Organizers Tamara Lich, Chris Barber Face New Criminal Charges
» Pierre Poilievre Pledges to End All Imports of Overseas Oil
» Prof Describes How Ontario Universities Went Beyond COVID Rules to Cancel Faculty, Students
» Today’s Lesson, Kids: ‘Crusaders’ Bad; ‘Crusading’ Good. Huh?
» Trudeau Has Formed ‘Socialist Coalition’ With NDP: Pierre Poilievre
» Vaccine Injury Reaction Story: Meet Diana Hoar
» Watch: Trudeau Says World Needs to Get Off Russian Oil, And Instead Go Green
 
Europe and the EU
» Britain Threatens China With Sanctions if it Arms Russia for Ukraine War
» Coronavirus Act Officially Expires in England
» Czech Politicians Slam Boycott of Russian Art and Culture After Tchaikovsky’s Opera Canceled
» EU Approves Orban’s Request for Funding
» EU Concerned Ukrainian Refugee Children May Become Trafficking Victims
» Hungary’s PM Orban Pleased That NATO Has Rejected a No-Fly Zone Over Ukraine
» Italy, Croatia, US, Turkey and Montenegro Will Send Troops to Hungary to Establish NATO Battalion
» Poland to Slash Personal Income Tax to 12% as Part of Government’s ‘Anti-Putin Shield’ Proposals
» Poland to Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions, Including Face Masks, Quarantine and Isolation
» Polish President: ‘I Am Consistently Demanding the Strengthening of Polish Security and More Support for Ukraine’
» Tea With Geert Wilders
» Ukraine Proposed Poland as a Guarantor of a Future Peace Deal With Russia
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: Becoming the Strong Tribe of the Middle East
 
Russia
» Latest Developments
» Nothing to See Here! Kremlin Declares Everything Going ‘According to Plan’ In Ukraine
» UK Defence Intelligence: Faltering Russian Forces May be Surrounded by Ukrainians Near Kyiv
» Ukraine Ministry of Defense Brags About Fake Video Game Footage
» War Over? Russia Banned From International Tree of the Year Contest
 
Australia — Pacific
» Watch: Thousands Protest Emergency Powers in Brisbane
 
Immigration
» Another 190 Migrants Arrived in UK on Small Boats Yesterday to Bring Total to 4,000 Already This Year — a Total Which Took Six Months to Pass in 2021
» Poland Detains Activists Accused of Smuggling Migrants Over Belarus Border
 
Culture Wars
» Arizona and Oklahoma Move to Protect Women’s Sports From Biological Male Competitors
» Biden Admin Vows to Block Abortion Bans as More States Pass Pro-Life Legislation
» Kentucky Passes Bill Banning Biological Males From Competing in Girls’ Sports
» Putin Says West Cancelled JK Rowling and They’re Trying to Cancel Russia Too
» Utah Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto, Approves Ban on Biological Males Competing in Girls’ Sports
» Video: Rand Paul Calls for Celebrating “Real Women” Rather Than “Men Who’ve Had Some Kind of Surgery”
 

German Taxpayers to Receive $330 Lump Sum Amid Exploding Energy Costs

As California looks to ‘ease’ crippling gas prices by handing out $400 debit cards, Germany (and we suspect many other countries) will soon be offering workers a one-time €300 (US$329) payment to ‘offset’ the effects of inflation.

As for the economic effects of such ‘offsets,’ Rabobank notes:

The EU was already looking at spending lots on energy subsidies… unless the surge in energy prices is short-lived — which hinges on the war and the metacrisis suddenly resolving themselves(!) — then this is how you return to something like a 70’s-style wage-price spiral.

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

3 Men Plead Guilty to Setting Fire to Police Car During Las Vegas Racial Justice Protests

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Three men pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police vehicle during racial justice protests in summer 2020.

Tyree Walker, 23; Devarian Haynes, 23; and Ricardo Densmore, 24; all pleaded guilty to one count of civil disorder, the U.S. District court said.

According to police and court documents, the three men were participating in protests regarding the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 in downtown Las Vegas. Walker, Haynes, and Densmore each admitted to setting fire to a marked LVMPD patrol vehicle parked near the intersection of S. Ninth Street and E. Carson Avenue. The three also admitted that their actions could have caused serious damage to others, as they knew there was ammunition in the LVMPD vehicle that could have exploded, prosecutors said.

Each man faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison, a term of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 22.

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

ABC Journalist Unhappy That Biden Was ‘Too Quick to Rule Out’ World War III

During a NATO summit, an ABC News reporter seemingly expressed her displeasure that Joe Biden had been “too quick to rule out” World War III when it came to confronting Russia.

The bizarre exchange occurred during Biden’s NATO press conference in Brussels yesterday.

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

Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk for Death in Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19

Something as simple as aspirin may help lower the risk of death in hospital patients who are fighting a tough case of COVID-19, a new study found.

George Washington University researchers analyzed data on more than 112,000 patients hospitalized with moderate COVID-19 at 64 health systems in the United States from Jan. 1, 2020, through Sept. 10, 2021.

Compared to patients who weren’t given aspirin, those who received aspirin within the first day of hospitalization had a 1.6% lower risk of death, and also had a lower risk of blood clots.

Elderly patients and those with other health conditions appeared to especially benefit from early aspirin therapy, according to the study, published Thursday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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

Breaking: Suspects Who Unleashed Dogs on Family Cat in Brutal Attack Taken Into Police Custody

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) announced on Friday that after following up on numerous leads, its officers have identified the pair of suspects wanted in connection to a vicious Philadelphia dog attack on a family cat.

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

Breaking: Clarence Thomas Released From the Hospital Following Infection

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was released from the hospital on Friday morning after he was admitted one week ago for “flu-like symptoms.”

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

Breaking: Biden Says US Troops Will See Conditions in Ukraine ‘When You’re There’

President Joe Biden spoke to US troops in Rzeszow, Poland, on Friday, addressing them about the current circumstances in Ukraine, which has been under an invasion by neighboring Russia for more than three weeks. Biden has repeatedly stated that the US will not go to war with Russia, but he indicated to the 82nd Airborne in Poland that they would see Ukraine when they are there.

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

Campus Police Step in After Antifa Threatens Leadership Institute Training Event

Left-wing Twitter activists attempted to derail the Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership Workshop for conservative students at Harper College earlier this month. These threats required college police officers to ensure workshop participants’ safety during and after the event.

The Leadership Institute, which is the parent organization of Campus Reform, ran the workshop to train students in effective political activism and organization at the Palatine, Illinois, college on Mar. 11.

Four days before the workshop, the Antifa-affiliated Twitter account Antifascist Rumor Mill encouraged students to sabotage the event by filling seats, a move intended to prevent conservative students from participating.

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

College Accused of Racial Segregation, Banning CRT Criticism, Using COVID to Punish Conservatives

In less than six months, a private college has allegedly enforced racial segregation, prohibited a student group from opposing critical race theory, and punished the same group for privately raising travel funds to avoid the college’s COVID-19 rules.

Elizabethtown College, colloquially known as “Etown,” is not interested in defending its actions, according to a civil liberties watchdog that has repeatedly warned the Church of the Brethren-affiliated Pennsylvania school it’s violating federal and state law and even its own policies.

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

Family Files $10 Million Wrongful Death Claim Against Seattle After Man Mistakenly Placed on Blacklist

A Seattle family filed a $10 million claim against the city of Seattle over the wrongful death of William Yurek who died in front of his young child.

On Nov. 2, 2021, at 1:24 pm local time, Yurek’s 13-year-old son called 911 because his 46-year-old father had chest pains and difficulty breathing.

Though medics arrived six minutes later, they could not enter the residence because they were told to wait for a police escort. Yurek had been mistakenly placed on an outdated blacklist for hostility to first responders. The previous tenant of the home had been on the list, but not Yurek, KOMO News reported.

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

Fired NYC Workers Furious With Mayor Adam’s Athlete Vaccine Mandate Exemption, Looking to Sue

New York City workers that were fired for refusing to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate are furious with Democrat Mayor Eric Adams and his announcement Thursday to exempt professional athletes and performers from the mandate. Lawyers for the fired employees, which includes first responders and other city workers, said they eager to sue both the city and Mayor Adams over his decision.

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

Florist Who Entered the Capitol on Jan 6 Sentenced to Two Months Probation, $5,000 Fine

On Wednesday, a Texas florist that was at the Capitol building on January 6 was sentenced to two months of probation, in addition to a $5,000 fine and a restitution payment of $500.

Jenny Cudd, of Midland, Texas, appeared before US District Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington DC for sentencing on a Class A misdemeanor count of entering and remaining in a restricted building.

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

Joe Manchin to Support Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation

On Friday, Senator Joe Manchin announced that he intends to vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s conformation, a move that could pave the way to her place at the court.

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

Judge Temporarily Puts Some Limits on Virginia’s Mask Mandate Ban

Ten Virginia school districts will be allowed to impose limited mask mandates to accommodate students who have disabilities pending the outcome of a lawsuit against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s prohibition on public school mask mandates.

A federal judge approved an injunction against the governor’s mask mandate prohibition for 12 students with disabilities who reside in 10 different school districts. The judge ruled the students represented in the lawsuit could ask their schools to impose mask mandates in areas of the school they frequent and schools will be allowed to enforce them without penalties from the state.

The injunction only halts the enforcement of the law temporarily, until the court rules on the merits of the case. This ruling did not overturn Youngkin’s prohibition on mask mandates and does not allow every school district to impose some form of mandate. The ruling only allows the districts in which the students reside to impose a mandate, and they can only do so in limited circumstances. The mandate must be for the purpose of accommodating the students with disabilities represented in the lawsuit, but would not allow a universal mask mandate. Any mandate could only apply to areas that the students in the lawsuit frequent.

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

MSNBC Piece Claims ‘Health & Fitness’ Is New Gateway Drug to the Far-Right

MSNBC published an article claiming that shadowy people on the Telegram messenger service are recruiting far-right acolytes by talking about health and fitness.

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

Pedophile Sentenced to 3 Months by Ketanji Brown Jackson Continued ‘To Seek Out Sexually Arousing’ Images of Teen Boys

It has been revealed that the defendant in the case of United States v Hawkins, which has been at the center of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s conformation hearing due to the low sentencing delivered by the judge, continued to “seek out” child pornography during his probation time.

In 2013, then 19-year-old Wesley Hawkins was sentenced to three months for child pornography, a sentence that has repeatedly been blasted by Senate Republicans during the course of Jackson’s confirmation hearing for being too low given the content of the images and videos he possessed, according to the Washington Post.

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

Poll: Majority of Democrats Would Flee the United States if it Was Invaded Like Ukraine

Despite their enthusiasm to ‘support Ukraine’, a new poll finds that the majority of Democrats would flee the United States if it was invaded in a similar fashion.

Say it ain’t so!

The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University with a sample size of 1,374 U.S. adults nationwide and a margin of error of +/-2.6 percentage points.

Respondents were asked, “If you were in the same position as Ukrainians are now, do you think that you would stay and fight or leave the country?”

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

Rep. Jim Jordan Says Impeaching Biden is ‘Definitely a Discussion’ Republicans Should Have

Republican leadership at a recent gathering has brought up exploring possible plans for impeaching President Joe Biden if the right-wing takes back control of Congress after November’s upcoming midterm elections.

Recent polling of how voters are feeling about the Biden administration so far this year indicates a strong likelihood of a “red wave.”

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

Residents Say They Would Rather Flee NYC Than Return to Work in Crime-Ridden Streets

Nearly half of New York City workers that live in the city’s boroughs said in a recent survey that returning to work following the pandemic “isn’t worth it” due to the criminal lawlessness plaguing the city.

Residents would rather flee the Democrat controlled Big Apple than return to their 9-5 due to “unsafe conditions, according to the survey conducted by Morning Consult.

Of the 9,386 employees working remotely all or part of the time that responded to the survey, 43 percent cited public safety as their No. 1 concern, followed by 27 percent who cited exposure to COVID-19.

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

Ron DeSantis Signs Curriculum Transparency Bill in Florida

On Friday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that establishes term limits for school board members and allows the public increased access to instructional materials.

“We believe parents not only have a role, they have the fundamental role to be involved in the education of their kids, and that’s how it’s going to be in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said before signing HB-1467.

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

SCOTUS Sides With Biden Admin, Rules Against Navy Seals in Vaccine Mandate Case

The Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration when it ruled Friday that the Navy is allowed to consider vaccination status in deciding deployments or assignments for unvaccinated SEALS and other special operations personnel.

The majority of SCOTUS believes the US military has the authority to refuse the deployment of unvaccinated service members, while the dissenting opinion argues that the court decision will relegate soldiers in those cases to paper-pushing and desk duties.

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

The Masked Generation: Young Adults Struggle With Isolation, Loneliness

A Harvard study from last year found 61 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25 feel “serious loneliness,” with 43 percent of these respondents reporting increases since the pandemic. The Healthy Minds Study, which surveyed students at 36 schools during fall 2020, also found 66 percent felt isolated from others.

Every month or so, I see a new post on my university Reddit board from a student, who has nowhere else to turn, asking how to make friends. The college subreddit is flooded with these too, with posts almost daily. The stories are depressingly similar.

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

Utah Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Faking ISIS Persona

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) — As of March 24, Murat Suljovic of Salt Lake City was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison followed by an additional 20 years of supervised release by a U.S. District Court Judge in Utah.

According to police records, the 24-year-old’s crimes date back to 2019 when he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS), a designated terrorist organization.

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

Video: Biden Again Admits Sanctions Don’t Work After Announcing More Sanctions

At a NATO gathering in Brussels, Belgium Thursday, Joe Biden announced more sanctions against Russia before telling a reporter than he never said sanctions would work.

Biden announced that Russian lawmakers and defence companies should “share the pain” of sanctions.

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

Video Shows St. Lucie County Deputy Stabbed in Neck, Authorities Say

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office released dramatic body camera video Friday showing a deputy being stabbed in the neck by a distraught woman authorities said he was trying to help.

Deputies responded to a rollover crash in the 12500 block of South Indian River Drive around 11 p.m. Wednesday and found a vehicle unoccupied.

The sheriff’s office said Deputy Cody Colangelo, 22, located the driver, Leigha Michelle Day, 21, down an embankment near the crash scene.

Colangelo’s body camera video released Friday shows the deputy walking down a flight of steps toward Day, who’s pacing along a shoreline.

“What’s going on?” Colangelo asks.

“I don’t know,” Day responds, choking back tears.

“Were you just in a crash?” Colangelo says.

Day quickly begins to walk away.

“Ma’am, come up here,” Colangelo says. “Don’t walk away.”

Colangelo approaches Day, who’s visibly distraught in the video and crying uncontrollably.

“Walk upstairs, alright? Let’s get out of this water area,” Colangelo says.

“I don’t wanna. I’m scared,” Day responds.

Colangelo eventually convinces Day to walk up a flight of stairs to the road.

“Don’t run. Slowly walk,” says Colangelo, who’s seen walking behind Day in the video.

Day gets about halfway up the stairs before suddenly turning around and stabbing Colangelo in the neck. The deputy screams out, the blade nicking his carotid artery, authorities said.

Day ran off and Colangelo fired one shot at her, but missed.

Despite being stabbed and suffering a severe injury, Colangelo chased after Day while applying pressure to his wound, the sheriff’s office said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

200+ CN Workers File Against Feds, Rail Company for Vaxx Mandate Firings

The statement of claim, filed March 4, by lawyer Leighton Grey of Grey Wowk Spencer LLP, names Canadian National Railway, the Director of Rail Transport Michael DeJong and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra as respondents.

The suit alleges that CN’s mandatory vaccination policy, which requires employees to have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine on or before January 24, 2022, discriminates against an identifiable group of Canadians and does not provide exemptions for Canadians with natural immunity or those with conscientious objections or for those working remotely or with little to no contact with other colleagues.

Employees not complying with the policy or refusing to provide vaccination status to their managers had been put on unpaid leave, something Grey argues is akin to constructive dismissal.

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

Breaking: Jailed Pastor Artur Pawlowski Granted Bail But Placed Under House Arrest

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) — Canadian Christian Pastor Artur Pawlowski was granted bail this afternoon by a provincial court judge on mischief and critical infrastructure charges, but once released he will be under strict house arrest conditions that will severely limit his movement.

His release date will not come until sometime next week, according to Rebel News, as there have been new charges placed against him.

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

Calgary Protests Expected to Continue Under Emergency Injunction

Weekly rallies are expected to continue in Calgary’s core this weekend, and police are reminding those taking part that a protest injunction remains in effect.

“Our Police Liaison Teams are continuing to communicate with protest organizers. Our plans are flexible and will adapt depending on crowd dynamics,” A Calgary Police spokesperson said in a statement to Global News.

“Officers will be in place this weekend to manage public safety. Temporary road closures and no-stopping or parking zones may be in effect.”

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

Canadian Parliament Rejects Conservative Motion Calling for an End to COVID Jab Mandates

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — A Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) motion demanding an end to “all federal vaccine mandates” was voted down in Canada’s House of Commons yesterday due to opposition from the Liberal Party and their NDP allies.

CPC MP Michael Barrett’s motion had the full support of all CPC MPs, including interim leader Candice Bergen, and former leader Erin O’Toole. However, that was not enough to pass the motion, which was defeated in a 212-117 vote.

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

Canadian Panel Suggests Digital IDs Could Track Vaccine Status, Encourage Un-Jabbed Into Getting Shots

(LifeSiteNews) — A panel led by a top Canadian Liberal party deputy minister discussed the potential of using a type of digital ID to track the vaccination status of Canadians, as well as to potentially coax the unvaccinated into getting jabbed.

According to a True North report from Tuesday, a Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) event held on February 1 included Joni Brennan, President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council, who said that digital IDs would be helpful “to get [the unvaccinated] the vaccine” as well as track one’s jab status.

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

Carbon Tax Rebates Not Covering Costs to Canadians

Claims by the Trudeau government that the carbon tax would see Canadians get more back in rebates than they paid into the program are false, according to Canada’s federal budget watchdog.

As reported by Blacklock’s Reporter, the Parliamentary Budget Office’s (PBO) latest report stated that “most households will see a net loss” as a result of the carbon tax rebate scheme.

By 2030, these net losses would mean thousands in additional taxes a year for some households.

As recently as yesterday at the Commons environment committee, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault spread the untrue claim that most Canadians got more money back from the carbon tax program than they paid into it.

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

CBC Says Racism Against White People “Doesn’t Exist”

In response to a viewer’s complaint that a CBC radio program had discriminated against people of British descent, a CBC director has said that racism against white people “doesn’t exist.”

The complaint focused on a June 30, 2021 airing of CBC Vancouver’s radio show The Early Edition, where a guest had complained that schools were named after “Lord so-and-so or Queen this or Sir whatever.”

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

Conflicting Vaccination Policies Plague Two Provinces

Even as it seems that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted everywhere, there remain not only jurisdictions that are clinging to vaccine mandates, but others that are still putting them in place.

Two cities in two provinces provide tangled examples. One — St. John, New Brunswick — is imposing a vaccine mandate on employees even as the province drops its own. The other — Victoria, British Columbia — is lifting its vaccination policy while the province itself continues to impose and even expand one.

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

Exclusive: Privy Council Sought to Hire Social Media Snoop to Monitor Canadians’ COVID Opinions

Bureaucrats sought an outside contractor to hunt down “misinformation” and “disinformation” on social media platforms and “popular blogs” including Reddit.

The department that works in a support capacity on behalf of the prime minister wanted to “procure a social media monitoring service contract, as a pilot project, to support COVID-19 response efforts and communications. The objective is to gain further insight into the Canadian public’s response to, and understanding of, Government of Canada programs, policies and measures that are currently in place.”

The internal briefing note from Justin Trudeau’s staff advocating for the procurement of an internet hall monitor was obtained by Rebel News through an access to information filing.

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

Ford Has No Plans to Reimpose Restrictions as Cases Rise in Ontario

Premier Doug Ford says that he is “confident” his government will not reimpose COVID-19 restrictions on the province. According to CP24, Epidemiologist Dr. Isaac Bogoch said Friday morning that Ontario appears to be “on the cusp of a spring wave” with wastewater surveillance data increasingly pointing to higher levels of virus spread in the community.

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

Justin Trudeau Boasts About ‘Successful’ Trip to Europe Despite Getting Called a Dictator to His Face

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Friday, wherein he gave himself a self-congratulatory pat on the back, calling the trip “successful.”

The prime minister was criticized by European politicians over his record on human rights abuses after he delivered a low-energy speech to a quarter-full auditorium of European politicians.

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

Making a Difference Through Music

Five Times August’s Brad Skistimas

Brad Skistimas is a musician who, during the pandemic, has produced many inspirational anthems celebrating liberty and critical carols for lockdown enforcers. Through his band Five Times August, Skistimas is driven to make a difference in the world as Western governments have moved to restrict civil liberties through the COVID pandemic.

Skistimas joined Sheila Gunn Reid on this week’s episode of The Gunn Show to talk about his newest single, This Just In, and what led to him penning an ode to the Freedom Convoy.

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

Marc Dalton Says He’s Principled and Unafraid to Take a Stand

British Columbia Conservative MP Marc Dalton is seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. While he knows he has an uphill battle ahead of him, Dalton is hoping his principled and unapologetic stands will deliver a win. Dalton says in this interview with True North’s Andrew Lawton he wants an investigation into the government’s response to Covid-19, including an in-depth look at injuries caused by vaccination. Dalton and Lawton also talk about debt, firearms and social conservatism.

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

More Health Professionals Reign in the Delusion of Indiscriminate Vaccine Mandates

In the House of Commons on March 23, the Standing Committee on Health heard from Dr. David Jacobs, the president of the Ontario Association of Radiologists, and Dr. Shirin Kalyan, a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Both professionals cited limited scientific evidence for indiscriminate vaccine mandates. Dr. Jacobs specifically referred to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s dismissal of unvaccinated Canadians as a racist fringe group as uniquely unhelpful, as reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.

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

Ottawa Convoy Organizers Tamara Lich, Chris Barber Face New Criminal Charges

Two of the organizers behind last month’s “Freedom Convoy” that occupied downtown Ottawa for weeks are facing several new criminal charges.

Tamara Lich and Christopher Barber have been jointly charged with one count each of mischief, intimidation, obstructing a highway and obstructing a police officer, as well as five counts of counselling others to commit those same charges.

The two organizers, who were among the most prominent representatives of the protest, were in court on Thursday to learn of the new charges.

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

Pierre Poilievre Pledges to End All Imports of Overseas Oil

CPC leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre announced today that his future government would end overseas oil imports within five years. Speaking from New Brunswick, Poilievre said he would ban imports from polluting dictatorships, double Newfoundland’s offshore production, and move western Canadian oil to eastern Canadian markets.

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

Prof Describes How Ontario Universities Went Beyond COVID Rules to Cancel Faculty, Students

(LifeSiteNews) — In a recently published letter, Dr. Claus Rinner, a tenured full-time professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, revealed the way in which the province’s colleges and universities went beyond the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health’s directives by cancelling professors, students, and staff for refusing COVID vaccines.

On Aug. 30, 2021, Dr. Kieran Moore, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued instructions “to establish mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies in … post-secondary institutions.” These instructions initially allowed for a) proof of vaccination, b) exemption for medical or religious reasons, and c) an educational course on vaccination for those declining vaccination for personal reasons. However, the instructions included a caveat that allowed secondary schools to exclude option (c) from their COVID policies.

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Today’s Lesson, Kids: ‘Crusaders’ Bad; ‘Crusading’ Good. Huh?

A sports team undergoing a nickname change in the name of political correctness is about as newsworthy these days as reporting that there is salt water in the Atlantic Ocean.

In that regard, the NBA’s Washington Bullets were early adopters. Way back in 1997 — when the world was less woke and more normal — the Bullets changed their nickname to Wizards. Then-owner Abe Pollin deemed that “Bullets” was inappropriate for a city that suffered from so much illegal gun violence. Hey, way to go, Abe. Thumb your nose at the Second Amendment, rebrand the team as “Wizards”, and sit back watch the gun crime rate in D.C. plummet! Not. Well, at least that new nickname likely trended well with the Harry Potter community…

Wimpified Wizards aside, more recently, any sports team nickname that’s linked to natives is now pretty much radioactive — not with the majority of natives, mind you, but with the Social Justice Weirdo set. And so it is Eskimos, Indians and Redskins are deader than disco as the cancel culture mob now focuses its manufactured outrage toward the Blackhawks, Braves and Chiefs.

But here’s a sports team nickname change that is truly baffling. The Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis, N.B., recently changed its name from “Crusaders” to “Blue Knights”.

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Trudeau Has Formed ‘Socialist Coalition’ With NDP: Pierre Poilievre

The Liberal Party’s confidence-and-supply agreement with the NDP has some Conservative MPs sounding the alarm over implications of the pact, including veteran MP and Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, who is calling the agreement a “socialist coalition.”

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Vaccine Injury Reaction Story: Meet Diana Hoar

Last week I published an article highlighting the announcement by the Justin Trudeau Liberal Government to commit $75,000,000 to a grant program for those damaged by the COVID injectables. I had asked people who were suffering adverse reactions to reach out to me via e-mail and now my inbox is bursting with stories and personal accounts.

One of those stories was Diana Hoar. She is a 55-year-old otherwise healthy woman who wanted to get vaccinated to get back to normal. She wanted to eat at a restaurant, enjoy Tim Hortons coffee dates with her husband and travel to see her daughter in Australia where she has a grandchild that she has never met. But all of those longings have become more difficult or impossible due her worsening condition after receiving her second Moderna dose in the summer of 2021.

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Watch: Trudeau Says World Needs to Get Off Russian Oil, And Instead Go Green

While taking answers in Belgium, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada could play, “perhaps,” a modest role in providing energy to Russian-energy-dependent Europe in the short term, but that the goal is to turn to renewable energy.

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Britain Threatens China With Sanctions if it Arms Russia for Ukraine War

The United Kingdom has warned Communist China it will face sanctions if they send weapons to Russia to aid in the invasion of Ukraine.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said on Wednesday that Beijing (Peking) — which has so far attempted to appear somewhat neutral in the ongoing conflict — will face similar consequences to Belarus should it aid in the Russian war effort.

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Coronavirus Act Officially Expires in England

At midnight on the 25 March, the Coronavirus Act of 2020 officially expired in England. The legislation was designed to temporarily use government emergency powers to change and bypass other laws and legislation to “combat coronavirus to stop the spread of the virus.”

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Czech Politicians Slam Boycott of Russian Art and Culture After Tchaikovsky’s Opera Canceled

Czech politicians have voiced their discomfort at the National Theater’s decision to cancel a performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera, “Cherevichki.”

Confronting the Czech Minister of Culture Martin Baxa, the ANO movement MP Ivana Madlova questioned the extent to which Russian culture will be canceled in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Are we going to get rid of the books by Russian classics Dostoevsky, Pushkin, or Gogol? Will we destroy the pictures of Russian realists?” Madlova asked the government minister on Thursday.

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EU Approves Orban’s Request for Funding

The European Commission has approved the release of EU funds to Hungary following Viktor Orban’s request for assistance, the prime minister’s spokesperson, Bertalan Havasi, told Hungarian news outlet MTI on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on March 18, Orban had asked for an advance from the bloc’s recovery and resilience fund to help the country bolster its defense, border control, and its humanitarian efforts for Ukrainian refugees.

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EU Concerned Ukrainian Refugee Children May Become Trafficking Victims

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson has warned that refugee children fleeing the conflict in Ukraine could fall victim to traffickers disguised as helpers at border areas.

Earlier this week, Commissioner Johansson highlighted the ongoing concerns the EU has over the possibility of child refugees being victims of human trafficking as they flee Ukraine into European Union member-states.

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Hungary’s PM Orban Pleased That NATO Has Rejected a No-Fly Zone Over Ukraine

Following an EU-NATO summit in Brussels, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is celebrating the fact that countries agreed there will be no no-fly zone and increased NATO defense forces added to Central Europe nations such as Hungary.

“We have succeeded in enforcing the Hungarian national interests,” Orban said in a video message after the summit.

“Hungary will not send troops or weapons to Ukraine, nor will weapons pass through Ukraine,” he stressed.

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Italy, Croatia, US, Turkey and Montenegro Will Send Troops to Hungary to Establish NATO Battalion

The decision not to introduce a no-fly zone over Ukraine is fully in line with Hungary’s national interests, said Hungarian Defense Minister Tibor Benko said after Thursday’s NATO summit. He stressed that the alliance is not a belligerent side in the war in Hungary’s neighborhood, and will do its utmost to ensure that hostilities do not escalate or spread beyond Ukraine’s borders,

The defense minster stated that in order to strengthen its role in the eastern and southeastern wings of the alliance, NATO had established a forward defense presence. This means that eight battalions will soon be formed on the eastern and southeastern wings of the alliance.

“One of them is our own, which was established earlier,” Benko pointed out. “We, the Hungarian Armed Forces, created this. It is under the leadership of Hungary.”

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Poland to Slash Personal Income Tax to 12% as Part of Government’s ‘Anti-Putin Shield’ Proposals

The Polish government has announced a significant tax cut to personal income to help Poles tackle the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki revealed on Thursday the government’s intention to slash personal income tax from 17 to 12 percent, believing the move would “alleviate the consequences of the war in Ukraine at least to a certain extent.

“This is the threshold that includes everyone, the pensioners and those under employment contracts,” Morawiecki said.

In addition, the government’s proposals — dubbed the “Anti-Putin shield” — will introduce the ability for individuals on a flat income tax rate to partially deduct health insurance contributions.

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Poland to Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions, Including Face Masks, Quarantine and Isolation

The wearing of face masks across Poland will no longer be mandatory from March 28, with the exception of health facilities, the country’s Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced on Thursday.

The government is still recommending the wearing of face coverings at large gatherings to increase safety, however this will become an individual and voluntary decision.

At the same time, mandatory quarantine and isolation requirements will also be lifted, however, individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will still be urged to isolate themselves.

The government will still reserve the right to reimpose compulsory quarantine and isolation requirements to handle any local outbreaks of the disease.

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Polish President: ‘I Am Consistently Demanding the Strengthening of Polish Security and More Support for Ukraine’

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has called for a bolstering of NATO’s defenses on its eastern flank to offer Poland greater security and facilitate more support for Ukraine.

In a televised address delivered to the nation on Thursday, Duda fed back on progress made at this week’s emergency NATO summit in Brussels.

“As the president of Poland, I am consistently demanding the strengthening of Polish security and more support for Ukraine in the international arena,” Duda told viewers. “The emergency NATO summit in Brussels with the participation of U.S. President Joe Biden was devoted to this matter,” he added.

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Tea With Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is the leader of the Dutch ‘Party for Freedom’, and one of Europe’s most recognisable advocates for free speech. Because of his criticism of mass immigration and Islam, Wilders has faced constant death threats since 2004, requiring security wherever he goes.

We caught up with him to discuss the current political climate in the Netherlands, his hopes for a future ‘Nexit’, and the Dutch attitude to the Ukrainian refugees.

Editor: Mr Wilders, your Party (the PVV) came third in last year’s election — what can you tell us about the current political landscape in the Netherlands right now?

Geert Wilders: Well, we had municipality elections last week and very few people came to vote — less than 50 percent, which is really the lowest we ever had in municipality elections. So there is a lot of distrust in politics, and more specifically in government. Even though it was local government, lots of people vote according to their national principles so it’s not going too well.

We have now a Prime Minister in his fourth cabinet, and people feel they have very little influence in changing the government, whether it’s about the European Union, lower taxes, or less immigration or whatever issue. People feel that they have very few things to say. So, the state of our democracy, the trust in government is indeed, from left to right, actually over the whole political spectrum you have a different analysis, but they all agree that we have a serious problem when it comes to the political climate in the Netherlands.

Editor: You are famously Eurosceptic — are you encouraged by what you’ve seen of Britain post-Brexit?

Geert Wilders: Yes, of course. Britain chose to regain their national sovereignty — that is the best thing that any country at the end of the day could decide. Of course, it will hurt at the beginning. We also had a survey made I think about ten years ago, what would happen if the Dutch would leave the European Union, and at the beginning it would hurt. But at the end of the day, you will be stronger — both your economy, and your parliament will be stronger, because it’s more sovereign. Your law making, you’re in-charge of your own budget, of your own immigration policy, and so on.

No one expected it to go better for Britain in a fortnight. But yes they regained national sovereignty, and I think they are far better off than we are. Unfortunately, because of what is happening in the Ukraine now, you see that all the pro-EU forces take their chance you know when it comes to a European army, they insist there has to be a European army, more funding for Europe, a common immigration policy. Of course for the Ukrainians, it’s the worst thing to happen first and foremost. But it is also misused by pro-EU politicians, to get more EU instead of less, and unfortunately a lot of people support it nowadays…

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Ukraine Proposed Poland as a Guarantor of a Future Peace Deal With Russia

According to unofficial sources quoted by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) paper, Warsaw has agreed to a Ukrainian proposal to become a guarantor state in a potential truce agreement with Russia, along with the UN Security Council members of the U.K., U.K., China, France, Russia, plus Turkey and Germany.

This information was confirmed by the deputy head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration, Andrij Sybih. Presidential Minister Jakub Kumoch also confirmed the information.

The government in Warsaw has agreed to Ukraine proposing Poland as a guarantor state in its amendments to the agreement. Simultaneously, it was emphasized that Poland would support such a solution which was fully acceptable by the Ukrainian side and which guaranteed respect for Ukraine’s independence and its territorial integrity.

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Caroline Glick: Becoming the Strong Tribe of the Middle East

In an interview with Fox News, former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained that the fight he led against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran in 2015 instigated the strategic partnership Israel developed with the Sunni Arab states which in turn spawned the 2020 Abraham Accords. The Saudis, the Emiratis, the Egyptians and other Arab states watched Israel’s leader’s stubborn fight against Obama’s deal with Iran’s regime, a deal that threatened them no less than it threatened the Jewish state, and reached the conclusion that far from being their enemy, Israel was their most powerful and trustworthy ally.

On the surface, Tuesday’s summit at Sharm e-Sheikh between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Egyptian President Abd el-Fattah a-Sisi and UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed (MBZ) seemed a natural progression from what Netanyahu began. Just as they came to Israel in 2015 as Obama was poised to sell them down the river to Iran, so today, as the Biden administration is about to conclude an even more dangerous nuclear deal with the Iranian regime, the Sunnis called on Jerusalem to tighten its security coordination with them. And Bennett seemed to deliver, by offering to develop a regional air defense system.

Unfortunately, there are good reasons to think other dynamics were at play this week at Sharm. Those reasons are anchored in the way that the Arab states view the Biden administration’s decision to implement Barack Obama’s policy of realigning the U.S. towards Iran at the expense of Israel and its traditional Sunni Arab allies…

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Latest Developments

President Biden traveled to Rzeszow, a Polish town that has become a hub for Western military aid to Ukraine, signaling U.S. determination to support Kyiv with high-tech weaponry to punish Moscow for its invasion.

Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, a day after both of them attended a NATO summit where members pledged to reinforce the alliance’s eastern flank, provide further military support to Ukraine, and impose high economic costs on Russia.

The two leaders are expected to focus on the growing refugee crisis, with the bulk of Ukrainians having crossed into Poland. More than 3.6 million people have fled the country, the U.N. said.

The battle around Ukraine’s capital continued. To Kyiv’s northwest, Ukraine’s military attempted to encircle Moscow’s forces, drawing closer to allow for ambushes. Ukrainian forces made territorial gains to the west of Kyiv, including in the town of Irpin, a battleground for weeks now. Russia made progress in Kyiv’s north and east, retaking the town of Izyum and shelling Kharkiv and Chernihiv.

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Nothing to See Here! Kremlin Declares Everything Going ‘According to Plan’ In Ukraine

On the one-month anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s forces, the Kremlin claimed that everything is going “according to plan” and that life is “returning to normal” for the areas “liberated” by Russia.

Despite reports of heavy losses for the world’s fifth-largest military, allegedly including numerous generals killed in the field, as well as a recent high-profile defection from a Putin advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has claimed that all is going as planned in the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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UK Defence Intelligence: Faltering Russian Forces May be Surrounded by Ukrainians Near Kyiv

There is a “realistic possibility” that Russian forces “facing considerable supply and morale issues” may be encircled by Ukrainian counter-attackers near Kyiv (Kiev).

“Ukraine is increasing pressure on Russian forces north-east of Kyiv. Russian forces along this axis are already facing considerable supply and morale issues,” the British government’s Ministry of Defence asserted in a Defence Intelligence update on Wednesday.

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Ukraine Ministry of Defense Brags About Fake Video Game Footage

Another stunning victory for the Ukrainian military!

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War Over? Russia Banned From International Tree of the Year Contest

This will surely end the Russian war push.

Organisers of the International European Tree Contest have kicked out Russia and awarded Poland victory, not because that country has the best tree, but because Putin bad.

Officials made the announcement Tuesday, awarding the prestigious prize to a 400 year old oak tree in Poland.

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Watch: Thousands Protest Emergency Powers in Brisbane

Thousands marched to Parliament House in Brisbane last week to protest against Annastacia Palaszczuk’s amendment bill to extend the state of emergency for another six months.

The People’s Revolution had organised a camp-out for three days midweek when they found out the vote for the bill had been pushed forward to Monday.

Crowds started gathering at Musgrave Park on Sunday night and marched through Queens Street Mall — one of the busiest places on a Monday morning — bewildering shopkeepers and onlookers before concluding at Queensland Parliament. Numbers estimated 15,000 people making as much noise as they could.

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Another 190 Migrants Arrived in UK on Small Boats Yesterday to Bring Total to 4,000 Already This Year — a Total Which Took Six Months to Pass in 2021

Another 190 migrants arrived in the UK on small boats yesterday bringing the total to 4,000 this year already.

At least 4,087 people have made the treacherous journey across the Channel in 132 boats according to official Home Office figures — a number which wasn’t reached until June in 2021.

March alone has seen 2,603 migrants arrive on British soil — more than the total number of people who made the 21-mile journey across the Dover Strait in January, February, March and April combined last year, and almost triple the 831 who arrived in the entirety of March in 2021.

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Poland Detains Activists Accused of Smuggling Migrants Over Belarus Border

Four activists were detained in Poland on 23 March for aiding migrants crossing the Belarusian border. They currently face three months of pre-trial arrest.

“When they helped refugees from Ukraine they were heroes, now for providing that same help in Podlasie, they are criminals,” said Grupa Granica, an organisation helping migrants and refugees, to which the detained activists belong.

The organisation said the activists were providing humanitarian aid to a family with seven children who had been stuck at the border for three months.

Prosecutor Jan Andrejczuk, from the regional prosecution office in Hajnówka, in eastern Poland, has told Polish media that the activists were arrested on suspicion of illegally smuggling people over the border, a crime punishable by up to eight years in prison. He added that he will petition the court for pre-trial detention of the suspects.

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Arizona and Oklahoma Move to Protect Women’s Sports From Biological Male Competitors

Both Arizona and Oklahoma state legislatures on Thursday approved “Save Women’s Sports” bills and have sent it to the desks of their respective governors for final decisions.

The underlying motivation at play in each of these cases stems from the recent win of the NCAA by controversial athlete Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as transgender and competes on the women’s swim team.

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Biden Admin Vows to Block Abortion Bans as More States Pass Pro-Life Legislation

Following Idaho’s passing of a law that bans abortions past six weeks with minimal exceptions, the Biden administration has vowed Wednesday to ban bills such as this, and to uphold Roe v. Wade. Last week, Idaho was the first state to pass a six-week ban into law very similar in wording to legislation passed in Texas.

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Kentucky Passes Bill Banning Biological Males From Competing in Girls’ Sports

On Thursday, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill banning biological males from competing in female sports from sixth grade up through college. The bill now heads to Governor Andy Beshear’s desk for signing.

According to the Associated Press, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to approve the measure 26-9.

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Putin Says West Cancelled JK Rowling and They’re Trying to Cancel Russia Too

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is a victim of “cancel culture” like Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

“They cancelled Joanne Rowling recently — the children’s author, her books are published all over the world — just because she didn’t satisfy the demands of ‘gender freedoms’,” Putin said on Friday, referencing the British writer’s ongoing clash with fellow leftists who regard her as “TERF” (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) for insisting there are important differences between biological females and male-to-female transwomen.

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Utah Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto, Approves Ban on Biological Males Competing in Girls’ Sports

On Friday, the Utah legislature voted to override the governor’s veto on the bill.

The motion to override the veto passed the Utah Senate with 21 yeas and 8 nays after being approved by Utah’s House of Representatives in a vote of 56 for and 18 against, the supermajority needed to override Cox’s veto.

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Video: Rand Paul Calls for Celebrating “Real Women” Rather Than “Men Who’ve Had Some Kind of Surgery”

Senator Rand Paul weighed into the “what is a woman?” controversy Thursday, calling for a celebration of “real women” in America, rather than men who have “had some kind of surgery.”

Paul made the comments in an interview with Newsmax, further referring to USA Today’s recent decision to award assistant secretary for health Rachel Levine, a biological male, Woman of the Year.

“I mean, what kind of bizarre world are we living in now that the woman of the year is really a man that has had some kind of surgery to remove their secondary sexual characteristics?” Paul questioned.

“That’s the woman of the year we’re supposed to be celebrating?” he continued, adding “What about real women?”

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/25/2022

  1. .

    https://www.friatider.se/toppglobalisten-putin-har-dodat-globaliseringen

    © World Economic Forum

    Top globalist: Putin has killed globalisation
    Published 26 March 2022 at 08.12
    EXCERPT. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put an end to three decades of globalisation. So says Larry Fink, CEO of fund manager Blackrock and a globalist himself.

    In a letter to clients quoted by CNBC, the Blackrock CEO says the Ukraine invasion has essentially excluded Russia from the global economy and that the era of globalization is now over.

    The sanctions imposed have driven up electricity and fuel prices while inflation and interest rates are rising rapidly around the world. Trends that were already clearly problematic in several countries, including Sweden, before the Russian incursion, following the corona pandemic and the support measures that followed it.

    Countries and companies are now expected to have to rely less on other countries, as relying on the functioning of international trade can be risky.

    “They are being forced to reassess their manufacturing and engineering activities abroad,” writes Larry Fink in the letter.

    Operations will now have to be built at home in the West and in several other regions. This trend also began during the disruption of the corona pandemic, but will now intensify.

  2. HM. Not only did Joe Stalin give them half of Germany for “beautiful eyes”, just like that, for the fact of an alliance, so now this is it. Appetite comes with eating.

    Polish general Skshipchak demanded to “return Kaliningrad to Poland”
    https://scooptrade.com/polish-general-skshipchak-demanded-to-return-kaliningrad-to-poland/

    The Polish press writes

    https://wiadomosci.gazeta.pl/wiadomosci/7,114883,28267155,rosyjscy-politycy-o-wypowiedz-gen-skrzypczak-dot-obwodu-kaliningradzkiego.html

    The region of the Kaliningrad region, also known as Krulevets, was once inhabited by the Baltic Prussians, who were then conquered by the Teutonic Order. Then, after the victory of Poland in the Thirteen Years’ War, these lands came under the control of the Commonwealth. The Poles lived mainly in Krulewiec itself, as well as in the southern border zone of the region. In 1757, under an agreement between Austria and Russia, Koenigsberg was included in Russia. In 1871 the city became part of the Reich. The Kaliningrad region became part of the USSR as a result of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. In 1946 its name was changed to Kaliningrad.

  3. We can still get Russia Today here. Yesterday they were proclaiming that the war in Ukraine was won already (by Russia) and that the west should stop supporting Ukraine and Ukraine should surrender. At this point I changed channels to Al Jazeera and got an entirely different story.

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