Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/28/2022

The Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was reportedly poisoned earlier this month in Kyiv during negotiations for a possible cease-fire. Two Ukrainian negotiators were allegedly also poisoned. Mr. Abramovich is said to have recovered, and the two Ukrainians are in the process of recovery.

In other news, Pierre Poilievre, a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, called for defunding the CBC, Canada’s state broadcaster.

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USA
» ABC Anchor: Questioning Judge Jackson About Light Sentences for Child Porn Offenders Was “A Message to QAnon”
» Biden’s New $5.8 Trillion Budget Plan Includes Much More Spending, More Taxes
» Breaking: Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscar Slap
» California State University Drops SAT Test as ‘Too Stressful’
» Critical Race Theory ‘Rebranded’ by School Officials as Workaround to Laws
» ‘Equity’: Wisconsin Elementary School Teachers Reportedly Told to ‘Prioritize’ Meeting With Black Students
» Feds’ Pressure on Tech Platforms to Censor COVID ‘Misinformation’ Is Unconstitutional, Suit Says
» Hunter Biden’s Laptop Contained Defense Department ‘Encryption Keys’
» Kansas Senate Passed Bill Increasing Access to Ivermectin, Lessening School Vaccine Requirements
» National Crackdown on Protests Spreads to Boston
» Nolte: 2022 Oscars Go Down as the Second Least Watched Ever
» Off-Duty Edmonds Officer Fatally Stabbed in Las Vegas After Altercation Over Dog
» Once-Admired Biden Rebuked by BBC for ‘Dangerous’ Russian Regime Change Gaffe
» Oscars Filled With Academy Award Firsts, Including Physical Slap Down
» Poll: Eight in Ten Americans Worried Biden’s Bumbling Will Lead to Nuclear War
» Rep. Cawthorn Says He’s Been Invited to Orgies, Watched Lawmakers Do Cocaine During Time in D.C.
» Study Claims 255,000 ‘Excess Votes’ For Biden in Battleground States
» Surprise! Not Really: Democrat Megadonor Nailed on Child Porn Charges
» Trial Delayed for Man Accused in Violent Wisconsin Protests
» Truckers Protest Hinders Morning Rush-Hour Traffic in Harrisburg
» Truck Convoy Protesting COVID Mandates is Heading to California
» Two-Thirds Likely US Voters Don’t Support Any Measure That Would Jeopardize American Lives in Ukraine
» U.S. Homeland Security Labels Convoy a Threat, Truckers Blocked From Entering D.C.
» World Leaders Rebuke Joe Biden After Sloppy Ukraine Speech in Poland
 
Canada
» Alberta Premier Jason Kenney Urges Trudeau to Drop ‘Pointless’ COVID Travel Ban
» Canadian Politician Charged by Ottawa Police Over Freedom Convoy Truckers’ Protest
» Canadian Universities Begin to Roll Back COVID Vaccine, Mask Mandates
» Canadian Forces Veteran James Topp Breaks 1000km Mark, Enters Alberta
» Exclusive: Interview With Independent Journalist Dramatically Arrested During Calgary Protest
» First Year of Pandemic Created 20,000 New Federal Jobs
» Freedom Convoy Was a Threat to ‘Social Cohesion’
» Large Crowd Gathers for Sunday Vigil for Pastor Pawlowski at Edmonton Remand
» Liberal MPs Say Trudeau Has Pushed Party ‘Ultra Left’ With NDP Deal
» Nova Scotia Refuses to Release Internal Docs on Vaxx Passport Legality
» Ontario Liberals Hold Maskless Rally After Calling for Schoolkids to Stay Masked
» Pastor Artur Pawlowski Wins Bail Appeal After Nearly 50 Days in Jail
» Pierre Poilievre Wants to Make Canada the Blockchain Capital of the World
» Poilievre Calls for Defunding of CBC at Rally
» Quebec School Still Requiring Vax Passes for Parents, Volunteers
» Trudeau’s Foreign Affairs Minister Says Her Job is to Censor Canadian Media
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘I Am a Lawyer, He is an Actor’ — Orban Responds to Zelensky’s Criticism of Hungary’s Neutrality
» In March Three Top Cyclists Suffer Heart Attacks, Two Die
» Italy: Tension Within Draghi Govt Over Military Spending
» The UK Online Safety Bill Explained: A Reckless Threat to Free Speech
» UK: Twitter Censored Oxford Academic Who Shared Daily Mail Article About Inflated COVID Deaths
» Vatican Insider: Pope Francis’ Contradictions Explain Vatican’s ‘Growing Irrelevance’
» Watch: French Police Shoot Man Wielding Knife
» Zurich Insurance Group Drops Letter ‘Z’ Over Fears of Russian Connection
 
Middle East
» Ukraine War Causing Food Shortages in Fragile Middle East
 
Russia
» Breaking: Russia to Restrict Visas for Citizens From ‘Unfriendly Countries’
» Czech Volunteer Fighters Photographed in Ukranian City of Irpin, Just Outside Kyiv
» Latest Developments
» Poland Gifts Buses to Lviv After City’s Own Fleet Used in the War Effort
» Roman Abramovich Suffered Suspected Poisoning at Talks
» UK Govt Claims Russia Has Made No Significant Progress in Last 24 Hours
» Ukrainian Soldiers Film Themselves Calling Up Mothers of Russian Soldiers Killed in Action and Mocking Them
 
Far East
» China Scrubs Keanu Reeves Movies From Streaming After He Supported Tibet
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» South Africa Considers Requiring Citizens to Turn Over Biometric Data to Own a Phone
 
Immigration
» Can a Hunted Man Get Asylum in Joe Biden’s America?
» Canada: 35% of Government-Sponsored Refugees Still on Welfare After 10 Years
» Dozens of Migrants Rescued Off Canary Islands
» EU Interior Minister Hold Ukraine Refugee Talks
» Houston, We Have a Problem
» Somali Migrant Who Beheaded and Stabbed Homeless Man 111 Times Faces Trial in Germany
» To Fund Ukrainian Refugees, Denmark Cuts Foreign Aid to Countries Like Mali, Syria and Bangladesh
» UK: Little Girl With No Shoes is Among Dozens of Migrants to Arrive in Dover Today After Battling Cold and Wet Conditions at Sea
 
Culture Wars
» Canada: Levy: Erotic Dance Headlining 2SLGBTQIAP+ Event for 11-Year-Olds at Toronto School District?
» Dumbphone Sales Are Soaring as People Revolt Against “Overwhelming” Smartphones
» Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis Signs Controversial Parental Rights Bill Into Law
» New Jersey Middle School Forces Gender Transition Lessons on Students Without Parental Consent
» Record-Setting British Male Cyclist Plans to Move Into Women’s Competition After Hormone Therapy
» Tucker Carlson Won’t Delete Tweet Agreeing That Gender-Confused Biden Official is a Man
 

ABC Anchor: Questioning Judge Jackson About Light Sentences for Child Porn Offenders Was “A Message to QAnon”

Yet another media talking head has claimed that Republicans probing into Biden Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s history of light sentences for child porn offenders is some kind of “message to QAnon.”

As we noted last week, several lawmakers grilled Jackson over the issue, prompting her to state that the cases she has presided over are “difficult” and that judges have to look at “various aspects of the offence and impose a sentence that is sufficient but not greater than necessary”.

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

Biden’s New $5.8 Trillion Budget Plan Includes Much More Spending, More Taxes

On Monday, President Biden revealed his new proposals for the federal budget for 2023. They included some $5.8 trillion in spending, and heavy tax hikes for America’s wealthy.

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

Breaking: Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscar Slap

Oscar winner Will Smith has formally apologized in an Instagram post to comedian Chris Rock for slapping him onstage at Sunday night’s Oscars.

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” Smith wrote on Instagram.

“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” he added.

“I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us,” Smith concluded the lengthy Instagram post, adding: “I am a work in progress.”

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

California State University Drops SAT Test as ‘Too Stressful’

Commentary by James Breslo via The Epoch Times

Chalk another one up for progressives never letting a good crisis go to waste. They have been using the COVID-19 crisis to implement a host of progressive dream programs, including government handouts, eviction protections, enhanced unemployment benefits, universal mask and vaccine mandates, and trillion dollar government spending packages.

A far more insidious, yet lesser known, COVID-19 era invention is the end of standardized tests like the SAT and ACT for admission into college. About 80 percent of universities in the United States eliminated the requirement during the pandemic.

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Critical Race Theory ‘Rebranded’ by School Officials as Workaround to Laws

As the debate over Critical Race Theory (CRT) rages on, a recent investigation has found that laws in those states where CRT has been banned are ineffective as teachers ultimately choose what they instruct behind their classroom’s closed doors.

That’s according to a recent probe by the conservative watchdog group Accuracy in Media (AIM), which found through a compilation of undercover interviews recorded in Idaho and Tennessee that school administrators admitted to racial-oriented and other curriculum components being taught under rebranded names.

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

‘Equity’: Wisconsin Elementary School Teachers Reportedly Told to ‘Prioritize’ Meeting With Black Students

A leak by a Madison Metropolitan School District employee in Madison, Wisconsin, reportedly revealed how school officials had embedded racial discriminatory practices into its elementary school instruction.

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

Feds’ Pressure on Tech Platforms to Censor COVID ‘Misinformation’ Is Unconstitutional, Suit Says

The government’s sustained pressure on social media platforms to censor and report purported COVID-19 misinformation amounts to “state action” that violates the First Amendment, according to a lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of three Twitter users.

The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), a frequent litigant against COVID-related administrative action, is representing theoretical cognitive scientist Mark Changizi, lawyer Michael Senger and stay-at-home father Daniel Kotzin.

Twitter suspended Kotzin temporarily and Senger permanently within a week of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s March 3 request for information (RFI) on the “impact and prevalence of health misinformation in the digital information environment during the COVID-19 pandemic,” including how it affects “likelihood to vaccinate.”

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

Hunter Biden’s Laptop Contained Defense Department ‘Encryption Keys’

Old Joe Biden’s chip off the old block, Hunter Biden, has been many things: board member of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma; vice chairman of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation; sought-after artist; and international bon vivant, but he has never been known to have served in the Department of Defense. So why does his infamous laptop contain, on top of everything else that is incriminating on it, Defense Department encryption keys that are not available to private citizens?

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

Kansas Senate Passed Bill Increasing Access to Ivermectin, Lessening School Vaccine Requirements

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill requiring child care facilities and K-12 public schools to accept the religious objection of parents or guardians to their children receiving a number of COVID-19 vaccines.

The bill generally defines religious beliefs as “theistic and non-theistic moral and ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong that are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views.”

The bill will also broadly legalize licensed medical professionals to prescribe and ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for the virus.

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

National Crackdown on Protests Spreads to Boston

The Boston city council is weighing an ordinance that would halt “targeted residential picketing” between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., limiting hours for protests aimed at a particular home. Public officials in Maine, Maryland, Michigan and California have already proposed or passed measures to curb what they say is a rise in targeted harassment related to demonstrations against public vaccination efforts and pandemic rules, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some members of the council have voiced concern that the ordinance as written could be overreaching, and demonstrators say it will hurt their ability to directly engage elected officials, but other public officials have said that instances where protesters have shown up outside their homes, and the homes of their family members, crosses a line.

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

Nolte: 2022 Oscars Go Down as the Second Least Watched Ever

A paltry 15.4 million viewers tuned into Sunday night’s debacle of an Oscar telecast, the second-worst in the history of a telecast that just a few years ago was attracting 30 to 40 million viewers without breaking a sweat.

For context, back in 2017, when the Oscars earned 33 million viewers and 9.1 million demo viewers in the 18-49 age group, people were freaking out over the plunge in public interest.

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

Off-Duty Edmonds Officer Fatally Stabbed in Las Vegas After Altercation Over Dog

Edmonds Police Department Officer Tyler Steffins died after being stabbed in Las Vegas over the weekend. The 58-year-old suspect was taken into custody.

LAS VEGAS — An Edmonds police officer died after being “violently assaulted” while off-duty in Las Vegas Saturday, according to the Edmonds Police Department (EPD).

Officer Tyler Steffins was stabbed by a 58-year-old suspect just after 9:30 p.m. on March 26, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).

Steffins and the suspect had a verbal altercation over an interaction with a dog the night before the incident, the LVMPD said. Another altercation took place the next day, and that is when police said the suspect stabbed Steffins.

Steffins was taken to the hospital but did not survive his injuries, according to a press release from the EPD. He did not know the man who attacked him…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Once-Admired Biden Rebuked by BBC for ‘Dangerous’ Russian Regime Change Gaffe

U.S. President Joe Biden has earned a rebuke from the once-admiring British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for his “dangerous” remarks on Russian regime change.

President Biden, once popular with the left-liberal-leaning British and European media, earned a thinly-veiled dressing down from the notionally impartial BBC for recent “series of unscripted remarks that have upped the temperature of US-Russia relations to near boiling point.”

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

Oscars Filled With Academy Award Firsts, Including Physical Slap Down

The 2022 Academy Awards were filled with multiple firsts, including a physical altercation, as Hollywood gathered together Sunday evening for one of its biggest events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, the audio briefly went silent after actor Will Smith got up out of his seat and hit presenter Chris Rock for making a joke about Smith’s wife.

Smith later went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “King Richard” after slapping Rock.

The incident occurred after Rock said he could not wait to see Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in “GI Jane 2,” as a joke about her being bald.

While the audio was cut, Australian journalist David Mack tweeted the uncensored video.

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

Poll: Eight in Ten Americans Worried Biden’s Bumbling Will Lead to Nuclear War

Joe Biden, the man who ‘won’ an election with a record number of votes now has a record low approval rating with just 40% expressing content with his handling of the presidency.

An NBC poll released Sunday revealed that 55 percent of respondents disapprove of Biden’s performance, meaning Biden has seen a 3-percentage-point drop in job approval since January.

“What this poll says is that President Biden and Democrats are headed for a catastrophic election,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinions Strategy, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, told NBC News.

The poll also found that 7 out of 10 Americans expressed low confidence in his ability to handle the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

A further 8 in 10 say they are worried mishandling of the crisis will lead to NUCLEAR WAR.

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

Rep. Cawthorn Says He’s Been Invited to Orgies, Watched Lawmakers Do Cocaine During Time in D.C.

Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn says that during his roughly 14-months in Washington, D.C., he has been invited to orgies and fellow lawmakers have done cocaine in front of him.

The North Carolina Republican made the comments on a recent episode of “Warrior Poet Society” podcast.

Cawthorn discusses the ways in which political life in Washington, D.C., compares to the TV show “House of Cards.”

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

Study Claims 255,000 ‘Excess Votes’ For Biden in Battleground States

A new study into 2020 election discrepancies in six battleground states claims that there were at least 250,000 “excess votes” for Joe Biden, and potentially many more.

The claim is made in a forthcoming peer-reviewed study conducted by economist and gun expert John Lott Jr. for the journal Public Choice. The study awaits final approval but it says that many as 368,000 excess votes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin may have tipped the election to Joe Biden, according to Lott, who reported his findings at Real Clear Politics.

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

Surprise! Not Really: Democrat Megadonor Nailed on Child Porn Charges

Eliot Cutler, a lifelong Democrat megadonor and politician, was arrested at his home in Brookline, Maine, on four charges of possessing child pornography involving kids under 12 years old.

The arrest comes days after Cutler’s two Maine homes (the other is in Portland) were searched by police. His bail was set at $50,000. His court appearance was set for Monday. More charges are expected.

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

Trial Delayed for Man Accused in Violent Wisconsin Protests

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Monday delayed the trial for a man accused of firing off a “warning shot” on the night two people were killed in Wisconsin during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Jury selection was set to start in Kenosha Monday in the case of Joshua Ziminski, 37, who is charged with a felony count of arson and misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon. Trial was rescheduled for June 21 because defense attorney Michael Barth is tied up with another case, the Kenosha News reported.

Ziminski, of Caledonia, is accused of participating in protests and riots on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, when Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed two people and wounded another. A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts after he argued that he acted in self-defense

Rittenhouse alleged that at one point Ziminski approached him with a gun and a later yelled “get him” and “kill him.”

The criminal complaint against Ziminski says he is seen on video pointing the gun toward the sky, at which time police observed a “muzzle flash” and heard a gunshot. Ziminski also tossed a match into a dumpster and asked the crowd for lighter fluid to help the fire spread, the complaint says.

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Truckers Protest Hinders Morning Rush-Hour Traffic in Harrisburg

Truckers with the so-called “People’s Convoy” that disrupted traffic in the D.C. metro area for the last three weeks took a detour to Harrisburg Monday, causing traffic issues for morning commuters.

Capitol Police blocked off part of Commonwealth Avenue behind the Capitol as about 10 tractor trailer cabs flying American flags and pickup trucks parked out front. Several convoy members posted on social media that they were taking a detour on their way back to California after camping in Hagerstown to support Sen. Doug Mastriano’s Medical Freedom Rally, scheduled Monday morning on the Capitol steps.

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

Truck Convoy Protesting COVID Mandates is Heading to California

A group of truck drivers protesting COVID-19 mandates on roads and highways around the Washington, D.C., area in recent weeks will head to California next, an organizer announced Sunday night.

During a livestream of the People’s Convoy nightly rally Sunday, organizer Mike Landis read a list of measures aimed at controlling COVID-19 in California, The Herald-Mail reported.

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

Two-Thirds Likely US Voters Don’t Support Any Measure That Would Jeopardize American Lives in Ukraine

Two-thirds of likely U.S. voters say they are not willing to risk American lives to establish a “no-fly zone” or peacekeeping mission in Ukraine, according to a new poll from the Trafalgar group and Convention of States Action.

The poll shows a relatively unified, bipartisan response — with 66.3% of respondents saying they would not support either efforts to help Ukraine defend against Russia’s invasion. That figure ticks up slightly among Independents, to 67.6%.

Republicans stay at almost exactly the same figure with 67.3%, saying they do not support interventionist endeavors that could cost American lives. And Democrats, hit a 63.9% disapproval rating for the proposed measures.

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

U.S. Homeland Security Labels Convoy a Threat, Truckers Blocked From Entering D.C.

For almost four weeks, the U.S. trucker convoy — dubbed the “People’s Convoy” — has been attempting to get into the nation’s own capital, Washington D.C., to protest federal vaccine mandates and the national emergency declaration which allows the government to override constitutional rights.

Metro police (at the direction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) has kept the truckers out of the capital by placing government snow plows, dump trucks and police vehicles in front of all highway exits leading to D.C.

The blockades have effectively prohibited the truckers from exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful protest. Many truckers believe the blockades are illegal.

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

World Leaders Rebuke Joe Biden After Sloppy Ukraine Speech in Poland

President Joe Biden’s call for regime change in Russia could embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin to escalate war tensions with NATO.

On Monday, Western NATO allies France and Germany tamped down President Biden’s Saturday assertion that regime change is needed in Russia, a statement the White House immediately retracted. Nevertheless, world leaders felt the need to respond to Biden’s statement by suggesting his words “could make it harder to resolve the conflict,” the Associated Press reported.

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

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney Urges Trudeau to Drop ‘Pointless’ COVID Travel Ban

EDMONTON, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said federal COVID jab mandates for travel are “pointless” and must be ended immediately.

“As far as I know, Canada is the only major country in the world with a policy like that (vaccine mandate for travel), which has no defensible public health rationale. It’s political theater, not public health policy,” Kenney said in a Twitter video posted last Thursday.

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

Canadian Politician Charged by Ottawa Police Over Freedom Convoy Truckers’ Protest

A Canadian elected member of provincial parliament was arrested Monday in connection to last month’s “Freedom Convoy” protests in Ottawa against vaccine and coronavirus-related mandates.

The Ottawa Police Service announced the arrest of Randall Hillier, 64, of Perth, Ontario. He’s served for the past 15 years as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.

The nine new charges include two counts of mischief/obstruction of property exceeding $5000, three counts of counseling an uncommitted indictable offense, one count of obstruction related to resting a person aiding a public/peace officer, two counts of obstruction related to resisting a public officer and one count of assault against a peace or public officer. He is scheduled to appear in court later Monday.

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Canadian Universities Begin to Roll Back COVID Vaccine, Mask Mandates

(LifeSiteNews) — A number of post-secondary institutions in Canada announced that they will soon no longer require students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear masks.

After Ontario dropped their vaccine passport and mandatory mask wearing earlier this month, the Ontario institutions of Wilfrid Laurier University, Ryerson University, University of Ottawa, and the University of Guelph have all announced that they will be following in the government’s footsteps and axing their “proof-of-vaccination” requirement and mask mandates on May 1.

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

Canadian Forces Veteran James Topp Breaks 1000km Mark, Enters Alberta

Canadian Armed Forces veteran (CAF) James Topp crossed into Alberta from British Columbia via the Crowsnest Pass this week, completing the first 1000km of his protest march to Ottawa and putting most of his journey’s mountains behind him.

Speaking outside of Frank, Alberta on Monday, Topp said he and his team planned to reach the hamlet of Monarch 112km away on Apr. 1 for a barn dance.

“We’re going to show up at 4pm, where there’ll literally be a dog and pony show,” he said. “Hope to see you there on April 1. This is not an April Fool’s joke.”

Topp also told True North via text message that his body was feeling good coming out of the first quarter of his journey and that he planned to release a special video within the next few days commemorating the completion of 1000km.Monday marked day 37 of Topp’s march from Vancouver to Ottawa to protest overbearing government mandates under COVID-19.

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

Exclusive: Interview With Independent Journalist Dramatically Arrested During Calgary Protest

Devlin Gannon, like thousand of other Calgarians, has been attending freedom protests opposing COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates peacefully and without incident on a weekly basis for over two years. He not only attends the protests as a participant, but he also covers them as an independent journalist. Throughout the course of those two years he has never had a confrontation with police, but he has come to know a few of them after seeing them week after week.

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First Year of Pandemic Created 20,000 New Federal Jobs

New data released by the Treasury Board reveals that nearly 20,000 new federal government jobs were created in 2020, the first year government pandemic measures began devastating the private industry.

As the federal government underwent a spending frenzy, federal employment jumped by over 6%. By the first three months of 2020, there were 319,600 government workers across all departments.

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Freedom Convoy Was a Threat to ‘Social Cohesion’

The Freedom Convoy, a movement which grew out of resistance to cross-border vaccine mandates for truckers and spent nearly four weeks in the nation’s capital protesting remaining lockdown restrictions in Canada, was apparently a threat to Canadian social cohesion, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Ryan Schwartz, a manager in the ministry’s cybersecurity branch, said protesters’ use of the internet was disruptive.

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Large Crowd Gathers for Sunday Vigil for Pastor Pawlowski at Edmonton Remand

Approximately 200 people were outside the front doors of Canada’s largest prison on Sunday evening to sing and pray in protest of the ongoing incarceration of Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski, who was recently transferred into the facility late last week from Calgary.

Supporters, including other pastors from the Edmonton area like Tracy and Rodney Fortin of Church in the Vine, sang Amazing Grace and This Little Light of Mine, held flags, and prayed the Lord’s Prayer in Dene and English. They asked for the release of the jailed pastor, but also offered prayers and forgiveness for his jailers.

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Liberal MPs Say Trudeau Has Pushed Party ‘Ultra Left’ With NDP Deal

Some Liberal MPs are voicing their discontent with the Liberal-NDP confidence and supply agreement, saying that they were not consulted on the matter and that the party may be drifting too far left.

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Nova Scotia Refuses to Release Internal Docs on Vaxx Passport Legality

Nova Scotia’s Department of Justice is refusing to hand over documents concerning the legality of vaccine passports and the provincially-regulated ScotiaPass vaccine verification system on the grounds of solicitor-client privilege.

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Ontario Liberals Hold Maskless Rally After Calling for Schoolkids to Stay Masked

Just weeks after calling on the Ford government to force kids to keep wearing masks in schools, Ontario Liberal Party leader Stephen Del Duca has held a large maskless rally with MPPs, candidates and supporters.

Del Duca held the rally on Saturday afternoon in Toronto, where he gave a keynote address ahead of the start of the 2022 Ontario General Election campaign.

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Pastor Artur Pawlowski Wins Bail Appeal After Nearly 50 Days in Jail

Pastor Artur Pawlowski has been granted bail with strict conditions relating back to charges that have seen him incarcerated for nearly 50 consecutive days after Sarah Miller, his legal counsel, successfully appealed his original denial of bail.

While the judge overseeing the appeal has ruled that Artur can be granted bail on his mischief and Critical Infrastructure Defence Act charges, there are still existing matters corresponding to criminal contempt of court and trespassing charges which must be addressed before Artur will be released from incarceration.

Additionally, there is a pending matter relating to Pastor Artur’s attendance at an outdoor protest at which he was unmasked, and despite him being outdoors, this technically violated an existing health-order at the time. As a result, the prosecution is arguing that this consisted of an additional breach of probation on some of the sanctions stemming back to Artur’s original charges.

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Pierre Poilievre Wants to Make Canada the Blockchain Capital of the World

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is committing to a blockchain economy as leader and Prime Minister. Speaking in London, Ontario Monday, Poilievre said, “Canada needs less financial control for politicians and bankers and more financial freedom for the people.”

“That includes the freedom to own and use crypto, tokens, smart contracts, and decentralized finance,” he said.

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Poilievre Calls for Defunding of CBC at Rally

Conservative leadership candidate and veteran MP Pierre Poilievre led a chant at a rally on Monday calling for the defunding of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.

The chant came from a campaign rally in Kitchener, Ontario. Video of the chant was posted by True North’s Andrew Lawton.

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Quebec School Still Requiring Vax Passes for Parents, Volunteers

On March 12, vaccine passports were lifted in the province of Quebec by the Legault government. However, the lifting of this measure seems to have given various possibilities to institutions to use it according to their own criteria.

It is the case for the Edgewater school in Montreal. Lianne Watt, a mother, was denied access to her daughter’s extracurricular activities because of her immunization status, even though this measure should no longer be required. According to the school, the decision was made by the board of directors and was justified for the students’ safety and health.

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Trudeau’s Foreign Affairs Minister Says Her Job is to Censor Canadian Media

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign affairs minister says it’s her job to censor Canadian media.

“My mandate as foreign minister is really to counter propaganda online,” Mélanie Joly said in a response to a puffball question from a Liberal backbencher at the Commons foreign affairs committee hearing Friday.

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‘I Am a Lawyer, He is an Actor’ — Orban Responds to Zelensky’s Criticism of Hungary’s Neutrality

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hit back at criticism of his country’s stance on the Russo-Ukrainian war on Sunday, accusing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of drawing on his past experience as an actor.

Zelensky sparked a heated debate with Hungary on Thursday when, during his now frequent pre-recorded video messages to Western leaders, he called on Orban and Hungary to choose sides in the conflict.

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In March Three Top Cyclists Suffer Heart Attacks, Two Die

Belgian cyclist Cédric Baekeland died of a heart attack during a training camp in Mallorca, Spain. Baekeland had been on the Mediterranean island since March 12 for the March 26 start of the season in Slypskapelle, Belgium.

The cyclist from the Belgian city of Roeselare, on March 14, suffered a heart attack. He only managed to alert his sleeping roommate before he collapsed. All efforts to resuscitate Baekeland were in vain.

“He had recently been examined, the test showed that he was perfectly healthy,” his team said.

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Italy: Tension Within Draghi Govt Over Military Spending

M5S says it is against big rise in defence expenditure

(ANSA) — ROME, MAR 28 — Premier Mario Draghi’s broad coalition government has been hit by turmoil over the target of raising defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2024 to come into line with Italy’s NATO commitments following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ex-premier Giuseppe Conte, the leader of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), said Sunday that he was against a “massive” increase in military spending.

While stressing that the M5S does not want to trigger a government crisis, Conte the executive must not “present us with a fait accomplit , it must listen to us”.

“The government of national unity was not formed for this reason, but to tackle an economic and social crisis, and now an energy one, and implement the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP),” he said.

League leader Matteo Salvini has also expressed reservations about raising miliary spending.

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The UK Online Safety Bill Explained: A Reckless Threat to Free Speech

Few things ring quite as Orwellian as saying something is “legal but harmful” — and for that reason, needs to be censored, by law.

And if he were around, George Orwell might have been mortified that it is his own country that is enshrining this particular policy into legal practice — specifically, through the upcoming Online Safety Bill.

On March 17, the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced that the bill was introduced in parliament in order to approve what kinds of speech are “legal but harmful” and that online platforms will be forced to “tackle” — i.e., censor.

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UK: Twitter Censored Oxford Academic Who Shared Daily Mail Article About Inflated COVID Deaths

Twitter is still fighting against Covid-related information using various censorship methods, including censoring academics and labeling what appear to be legitimate news stories based on scientific studies as “potentially spammy or unsafe.”

Professor Carl Heneghan, who heads the University of Oxford’s Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, got locked out of his Twitter account that has over 100K followers last weekend for sharing a link to a Mail on Sunday story about an Oxford study into the Covid death toll in the UK.

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Vatican Insider: Pope Francis’ Contradictions Explain Vatican’s ‘Growing Irrelevance’

ROME — Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister said Monday that Pope Francis’ frequent self-contradictions help explain the “growing irrelevance of the Holy See on the world stage.”

In his column, Mr. Magister takes as a point of departure the pontiff’s insistence that all wars are unjust and that weapon-making is evil while also acknowledging that Ukraine — a sovereign nation — has the right to defend itself against its Russian invader and that Europe does well in providing arms to Ukraine.

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Watch: French Police Shoot Man Wielding Knife

A suspect brandishing a large knife was shot and wounded by police in France this week, according to reports.

The harrowing incident unfolded at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, a commune in the suburbs of Paris.

Authorities were alerted about a man suffering a “nervous crisis” who was planning to attack innocent victims, a source told local media.

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Zurich Insurance Group Drops Letter ‘Z’ Over Fears of Russian Connection

Apparently, the letter ‘Z’ has now been cancelled, with Zurich Insurance Group dropping it as their main logo in response to fears over being connected to Russia.

Switzerland’s largest insurer made the announcement in a statement to Reuters, saying it was “temporarily removing the use of the letter ‘Z’ from social channels where it appears in isolation and could be misinterpreted.”

The company also reserved the right to “take further actions if and when required.”

Instead of its original ‘Z’ logo, the company will now use its full name because ‘Putin bad.’

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Ukraine War Causing Food Shortages in Fragile Middle East

BEIRUT (AP) — Layal Aswad was already exhausted by Lebanon’s devastating two-year economic collapse. Now, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sends food and energy prices soaring even further, she finds herself struggling to put food on the table for her family of four.

“Even bread is not something we take for granted anymore,” said the 48-year-old housewife, standing recently in a supermarket aisle in front of gallons of cooking oil whose prices had risen to an all-time high.

From Lebanon, Iraq and Syria to Sudan and Yemen, millions of people in the Middle East whose lives were already upended by conflict, displacement and poverty are now wondering where their next meals will come from. Ukraine and Russia account for a third of global wheat and barley exports, which countries in the Middle East rely on to feed millions of people who subsist on subsidized bread and bargain noodles. They are also top exporters of other grains and the sunflower seed oil that is used for cooking.

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Breaking: Russia to Restrict Visas for Citizens From ‘Unfriendly Countries’

Russia is poised to impose retaliatory visa measures on citizens from “unfriendly countries” seeking entry, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Lavrov spoke of the visa restrictions for citizens of countries that are listed as “unfriendly” by Russia while speaking with the United Russia party in Moscow.

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Czech Volunteer Fighters Photographed in Ukranian City of Irpin, Just Outside Kyiv

Ukrainian journalist Ilya Ponomarenko of Kyiv Independent published a photo on Twitter that captures Czech volunteers fighting in Ukraine against Russian forces. According to Ponomarenko, the photo shows Czechs with weapons in Irpin near Kyiv.

On the third day after the Russian invasion in late February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on foreigners to join the foreign legion to fight for Ukraine.

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Latest Developments

In Ukraine: Russian forces fired a volley of missiles at several cities across Ukraine overnight as negotiators prepared to hold face-to-face talks to end more than a month of war.

A Ukrainian internet service provider used by the country’s military suffered a massive cyberattack on Monday, Ukrainian officials said

Cease-fire talks: Russian negotiators were due to arrive in Istanbul late Monday, followed by a Ukrainian delegation during the night, for cease-fire talks scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Sunday to accept a cease-fire with Ukraine. Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv earlier this month.

In the U.S.: President Biden released a $5.8 trillion budget that envisions a substantial increase in U.S. defense spending, a sign of the administration’s willingness to devote additional resources to military programs, including aiding Ukraine.

Mr. Biden said his comment suggesting Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn’t continue to hold power reflected ‘“moral outrage” he was feeling and didn’t hurt attempts to end the war in Ukraine.

In Russia: The central bank opened up the market to all Russian stocks in another shortened trading session, though foreigners remain unable to sell their shares, stalling an expected selloff.

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Poland Gifts Buses to Lviv After City’s Own Fleet Used in the War Effort

Poland has gifted 20 buses to the Ukrainian city of Lviv to help replace the city’s own fleet currently being used to transport refugees from greater affected areas of the country to safety.

The municipalities of Kraków, Katowice, Sosnowiec, and Jaworzno all made contributions as Poland continued its showing of solidarity with its neighbor with three of the buses on display during a special briefing in Lviv on Friday.

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Roman Abramovich Suffered Suspected Poisoning at Talks

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning at talks in Kyiv earlier this month, sources close to him say.

The Chelsea FC owner — who has now recovered — reportedly suffered sore eyes and skin peeling.

Two Ukrainian peace negotiators were also said to have been affected.

The Wall Street Journal reported claims the alleged poisoning was orchestrated by hardliners in Russia who wanted to sabotage the talks.

The condition of Mr Abramovich and the Ukrainian negotiators, who include Ukrainian MP Rustem Umerov, has improved since the incident on 3 March, the paper quoted sources as saying.

A source close to Mr Abramovich told the BBC he had suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning. They said he had now recovered and was continuing with negotiations to try and end the war in Ukraine.

Mr Abramovich travelled between Moscow and Kyiv for several rounds of talks at the start of the month…

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UK Govt Claims Russia Has Made No Significant Progress in Last 24 Hours

LONDON (AP) — Russian forces have made no significant progress in the past 24 hours amid continuing supply problems and aggressive resistance from Ukrainian fighters, UK defence officials say.

Poor morale and a lack of momentum have compounded the problems facing Russian forces, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its latest intelligence briefing.

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Ukrainian Soldiers Film Themselves Calling Up Mothers of Russian Soldiers Killed in Action and Mocking Them

Footage posted to Twitter shows what appears to be Ukrainian soldiers calling up the mothers of dead Russian soldiers killed in action and mocking them over their loss.

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China Scrubs Keanu Reeves Movies From Streaming After He Supported Tibet

Following his show of support for Tibet a few weeks ago, the actor Keanu Reeves who is famous for his role in the John Wick and Matrix franchises, has attracted the Chinese government’s attention. He now faces the country’s strict censorship.

In early January, reports emerged that Reeves was planning to take part in a concert intended to help the Tibetan people living in the United States. The event was being organized by a non-profit called the Tibet House which is linked to the Dalai Lama.

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South Africa Considers Requiring Citizens to Turn Over Biometric Data to Own a Phone

Governments of several nations around the world have considered using biometric data during SIM card registrations as a “fraud deterrent.” The proposals have always faced pushback for being a clear challenge to privacy.

Biometric data or identifiers include scans of a fingerprint, palm, retina, or the entire face of the user. South Africa has become the latest nation to consider SIM laws that make this data a mobile phone registration requirement.

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Can a Hunted Man Get Asylum in Joe Biden’s America?

by Robert Spencer

No sooner had 124,000 Afghans begun to be settled in the United States than Biden’s handlers announced that we would also be taking in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. Then there is the essentially nonexistent Southern border, where over two million illegal migrants entered the country in 2021. Since it’s a migration free-for-all at this point, surely there is room for one more, a man who is being hunted and is in imminent danger of death unless he finds refuge. Why not in the country that up until recently had been known far and wide as the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

UCA News reported back in November 2020 that “posters offering a reward of 10 million rupees (US$62,860) to kill a Pakistani Christian,” Faraz Pervaiz, “for posting anti-Islam content on social media have appeared in Karachi in southern Pakistan.” Since then, Pervaiz told me Sunday, the bounty has grown to $375,000 and has followed him halfway around the world, to Thailand, where he is being actively hunted by Muslims who are enraged at his alleged “blasphemy.”

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Canada: 35% of Government-Sponsored Refugees Still on Welfare After 10 Years

A Statistics Canada study has found that 72% of government-sponsored refugees still rely on welfare programs two years after arrival, and 35% are still dependent after ten years.

As reported by Blacklock’s Reporter, StatsCan associated the increase in dependence on government assistance for refugees with the Chretien government passing Bill C-11, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, in 2001.

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Dozens of Migrants Rescued Off Canary Islands

Spanish coast guard rescued on Sunday 64 migrants intercepted off Canary Islands and brought them to Arguineguin port, in the Gran Canaria island.

The group of migrants included 63 men and one woman.

One of them needed medical attention after being disembarked on stretcher.

This weekend rescue workers have intercepted dozens of migrants trying to reach the Spanish islands after almost a month of inactivity.

A total of 5,552 migrants have arrived in the region until March 15, according to latest ministry figures.

That is 115 % more than the same period last year.

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EU Interior Minister Hold Ukraine Refugee Talks

European Union interior ministers are meeting in Brussels on Monday to discuss a joint refugee policy as millions flee Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), some 3.8 million people have fled as Russian forces attack civilian targets and hit cities like Mariupol with constant shelling.

Over 2 million refugees have arrived in neighboring Poland, with hundreds of thousands seeking refuge in fellow EU member states Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia.

Polish officials have warned that their asylum system could buckle under the pressure of so many arrivals in such a short time.

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Ireland has vowed to accept 200,000 Ukrainian refugees.

The problem being, many of the ‘Ukrainian refugees’ arriving in Ireland aren’t Ukrainian or refugees.

Whoops.

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Somali Migrant Who Beheaded and Stabbed Homeless Man 111 Times Faces Trial in Germany

Several witnesses offered testimony on Friday in the trial of the killing and beheading of a homeless person in Lower Bavaria in Germany.

The accused, who stand before the Deggendorf district court, is a 22-year-old who is said to have killed a roommate in a homeless shelter in July 2021 with at least 111 stab wounds and decapitated his body.

The attacker of Somali origin was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. He is said to have been in a state of incapacity. Nevertheless, the prosecutor in the case is bringing the man to trial for the crime, according to German newspaper Bild.

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To Fund Ukrainian Refugees, Denmark Cuts Foreign Aid to Countries Like Mali, Syria and Bangladesh

Denmark, a country known for its pursuit of a zero-asylum policy, is cutting foreign aid to Mali, Syria and Bangladesh in order to free up funds for Ukrainian refugees.

The government is facing criticism for backtracking on its policy of no asylum seekers, but the country’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said that Denmark would welcome the Ukrainians with open arms. To journalists who reminded her of her statements in January 2021, when she aimed for “zero asylum seekers,” the leader of the left-wing Social Democrats replied that her policy had always been to support refugees “in their neighborhood.”

“We see Ukraine as part of our neighborhood,” she said.

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UK: Little Girl With No Shoes is Among Dozens of Migrants to Arrive in Dover Today After Battling Cold and Wet Conditions at Sea

A little girl with no shoes was among the dozens of migrants arriving in the UK by small boat this afternoon after battling poor weather conditions in the Channel.

At least 30 people are thought to have made the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Strait so far today.

Today’s arrivals, which included a number of women and children, could be seen setting foot in Dover, Kent with blue blankets wrapped around their shoulders and heads after battling cold and wet conditions at sea.

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Canada: Levy: Erotic Dance Headlining 2SLGBTQIAP+ Event for 11-Year-Olds at Toronto School District?

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials have invited kids as young as 11 to a conference this Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss issues facing LGBTQ, pansexual, intersexual and asexual students.

The EnVision virtual conference is described as an annual gathering for “2SLGBTQIAP+ Elementary and Secondary students and their allies and co-conspirators” to discuss homophobia and transphobia in Ontario.

One of the figures behind Envision is TDSB student equity program advisor Javier Davila — the self-described “gay latine transformer” who was investigated for distributing two virulently anti-Israel manuals to board teachers last year.

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Dumbphone Sales Are Soaring as People Revolt Against “Overwhelming” Smartphones

In a time when various “developed world” intelligence agencies are filling up petabytes of hard disk space with domestic phone recordings and tracking their own citizens who — in the pursuit of a “liberal” agenda — have been escalated to a greater terrorist threat than actual foreign terrorists, some people have had enough and are throwing their smart phones into the trash and replacing them with “dumbphones” instead.

One among them is seventeen-year-old Robin West, who according to the BBC is an anomaly among her peers: “she doesn’t have a smartphone.” Instead of scrolling through apps like TikTok and Instagram all day, she uses a so-called “dumbphone”.

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Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis Signs Controversial Parental Rights Bill Into Law

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into the law the Parental Rights in Education bill, which the media and critics of the legislation are referring to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

At a signing ceremony in Spring Hill, Florida, the governor said he’s seen “classroom materials about sexuality and woke gender ideology” as well as “libraries with clearly inappropriate, pornographic mature materials for very young kids.”

The bill, initially introduced in January, will severely limit the scope of education related to sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3 in the state’s public schools.

While some members of the media, the entertainment industry, and LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations have spoken about the bill as though it is hateful and discriminatory, supporters (a majority of voters) argue that the legislation is a guardrail against the indoctrination of children with age-inappropriate concepts and materials.

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New Jersey Middle School Forces Gender Transition Lessons on Students Without Parental Consent

The journey of a biological woman who decided to undergo a sex change and begin injecting testosterone 10 years ago was shared with middle-schoolers in a New Jersey public school, Pearl R. Miller Middle School in Kinnelon, N.J., without parental awareness or consent.

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Record-Setting British Male Cyclist Plans to Move Into Women’s Competition After Hormone Therapy

A successful male British cyclist announced his intention to compete against women in the 2024 Olympic Games after undergoing medical intervention to drop his testosterone levels as part of his ongoing “gender transition” process.

The 21-year-old now known as “Emily” Bridges, formerly Zach, announced that he is “transgender” in an October 2020 article for SkySports, released on the so-called “coming out” day of that year.

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Tucker Carlson Won’t Delete Tweet Agreeing That Gender-Confused Biden Official is a Man

(LifeSiteNews) — Fox News host Tucker Carlson has joined The Babylon Bee and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk in refusing to delete tweets that allude to a gender-confused Biden official as a man.

Carlson’s tweet pointed out that tweets asserting that Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rachel Levine, whose birth name is Richard, is a man are true.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/28/2022

  1. Re: Abramovich: The operative word being “reportedly.”

    The first sign of fake news is the appearance of said piece of fake news across all news outlets at exactly the same time.

    Anything to get JoeBama’s latest cognitive screw-ups off the front page, so to speak.

  2. .
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    https://newsvoice.se/2022/03/swedish-weapons-shipment-ukraine/

    WARZONE

    Swedish Speaker of the House xxxxxx on next arms shipment to Ukraine
    NewsVoice -28 March 2022 at 16:0812205

    During a recent videoconference in Sweden’s parliament, Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén publicly told President Zelensky that he already knew that the Riksdag will unanimously vote for further arms aid to Ukraine.

    Andreas Norlén reveals the Swedish predetermined intentions with a Freudian slip:

    “Thank you, Mr. President, for your sincere and important words and for taking the time to speak to us in the middle of an ongoing war! Thank you also for your leadership in these crucial times!”

    https://tinyurl.com/kw6zswws
    Speaker Andreas Norlén. Photo BY-SA 4.0

    “I can assure you that support is strong in this House. Our Parliament has previously decided, as you mentioned, on substantial support for Ukraine, and will later today vote unanimously for further support, including weapons that we hope will help you defend your country and, in the longer term, the European security order.

    We are on your side in this fight, because freedom matters, peace matters, Ukraine matters.”
    …said Parliament’s President, Andreas Norlén, on 24 March 2022.

    Michael Zazzio, former judge at the Natural and General Court of Public Health and Justice comments:

    “It is astonishing that Speaker Andreas Norlén claims in front of the entire Swedish Parliament and the President of Ukraine that he knows how all 349 MPs will vote when it comes to donating weapons and other items to Ukraine.

    It seems that someone has more or less forced all MPs to vote for Sweden to donate weapons to a Nazi government.”

  3. Victor Orban should know, that Zelensky graduated in law, before becoming an actor and comedian…

    It’s really disappointing to see someone who was, not long ago, widely respected reduced to taking cheap shots at a leader besieged in his capital by an aggressor state, which (as the Soviet Union) also sent tanks rolling into Hungary, in 1956.

  4. Russia announces, that it is “drastically reducing” military activity in the northern Kyiv and Chernihiv regions…

    Columns of vehicles have also been spotted, heading back to Belarus:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/nexta_tv/status/1508785170723258369

    Given that Russia launched an air assault on Kyiv, and an offensive from 3 directions, and viciously fought in the area for a month, surely it’s strange to now see a withdrawal, with Russia supposedly “winning”? (Yes, I’m looking at certain others commenting 😉 )

  5. The “denazifiers” and “liberators” in action – in much the same way, as they’ve been known to act across Eastern Europe, since at least 1944…

    (Mohammed coefficient is unknown – however the behaviour of these specimens is also the norm, among many believers in the RoP)

    “Ukraine’s prosecutor-general Iryna Venediktova has opened the country’s first official rape investigation into Putin’s troops after a drunken soldier is said to have broken into a home, killed a man and repeatedly raped his wife.

    Mrs Venediktova said two soldiers attacked the woman in Brovary, in east Kyiv. One has reportedly been identified and charges are being sought. She added that, after shooting the husband dead and sexually assaulting his wife, the pair threatened their child with weapons.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10645735/Russian-troops-using-rape-instrument-war-countrys-prosecutor-general-warns.html

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