Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/13/2022

Frank James, the man who is suspected of carrying out the shooting attack on the New York subway in Brooklyn yesterday, has turned himself in to authorities. Mr. James allegedly posted multiple black-nationalist rants on social media before launching his attack.

In other news, experts now believe the Soviet-era drone that crashed in Zagreb last month was carrying an aerial bomb that exploded during the crash.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Argentina Inflation Surged to 20-Year High in March
» Canada’s New Budget Pushes Exploration of a Central Bank Digital Currency
» Global Food Crisis: German Wholesale See Highest Percentage Price Rise in 60 Years
» UK Inflation Hits 30-Year High of 7% as Energy Prices Surge
» Unique Czech Inflation — Why Are Prices Rising So Fast in the Country?
 
USA
» BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Says Charity Tax Forms Are ‘Triggering’
» Breaking: Justice Department Secretly Spied on Project Veritas Journalists, Security Detail’s Apple and Google Accounts
» DuckDuckGo Introduces Its Own Desktop Browser, Starting With MacOS
» Exclusive New Video Appears to Show Suspect Frank James Allegedly on His Way to Brooklyn Subway Shooting
» Georgia Elections Chief Cracks Down on Non-Citizens Seeking to Vote, Refers 1,600 for Prosecution
» John Hinckley Jr, Who Tried to Assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, Will Play Sold-Out Show in Brooklyn This Summer After Serving 35 Years in Psychiatric Hospital
» Leftist Teacher in Oklahoma Reportedly Fired After Profanity-Laced TikTok Videos: ‘I’m Your Parents Now’
» Leftist Economist Robert Reich Condemns Elon Musk as ‘Dangerous’ For Taking on Twitter
» Man Charged With Murder After Pedestrian Run Down Dies in Custody at Hospital
» Oberlin College Still Has Not Paid $33 Million Owed to Family-Run Bakery for Defamation Lawsuit
» Oregon Middle School Teacher Arrested, Charged With Sexual Abuse, Incest
» Pence Decries Cancel Culture Amid Protests and Praises Zelenskyy at University of Virginia
» Person of Interest in NYC Subway Attack Had Social Media Filled With Black Nationalism and Hate
» Person of Interest in Brooklyn Subway Attack Was Known to FBI, Cleared From Watchlist
» Proposed California Bill Threatens to Revoke Doctors’ Licenses for Contradicting State Messaging
» Subway Shooting Suspect to Face Terrorism Charges
» The Brooklyn Subway Attack
» Twitter Reverses Ban on Pennsylvania House Republicans After Censorship Pushback
» Veteran NJ Volunteer Firefighter Suspended for Liking a Facebook Post
» Video: Tucker Carlson Dubs Musk’s Twitter Takeover as “Direct Challenge” to Elite
» Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Ballot Drop Box, Absentee Ballot Arguments
 
Canada
» Bill Gates Says “Crazy” Protests Against His Vaccines Are “Kind of Weird”
» Canadians Whose Bank Accounts Were Unjustly Frozen by the Feds May Receive Compensation
» Canadian Civil Liberties Association Challenges Nova Scotia Government for Banning COVID Protests
» Canadian Health Agency Reportedly Looking to Create Quarantine Inspectors With Police-Like Powers
» Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis Warns Canadians of Threat to Health Care if Nation Signs Who Treaty
» Corduroy Restaurant Owner, Patrons React to B.C. Dropping Vaccine Passport
» Levy: Ottawa School Board Reinstates Masks After 8-1 Vote
» Michael Ignatieff Scolds Radicals at ‘Freedoms vs. Climate Change’ Conference
» Pro-Freedom Canadian Professors to Launch ‘Alternative Model’ of Higher Education
» Radical Environmental Group Calls for Deflating SUV Tires in ‘Wealthy Areas’ To Combat Climate Change
» Rumble Shames Globe and Mail Over Pressure to Censor Russian Content
» Trudeau Government Considers Requiring COVID Booster Shots for Federal Employees
» Winnipeg High School Football Coach Charged After Five Former Students Accuse Him of Sexual Assault
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘EU’s Rule of Law Proceedings Are Biased, ‘ Hungarian Justice Minister Claims
» Finland: Climate Change Extremists Block Train Carrying Russian Coal to Europe
» France: ‘I Have Never Seen a President as Bad as You!’ — Man in Alsace Confronts Macron
» France: Macron: Lockdown Critics Don’t Live in the ‘Real World’ But Islamic Veil Wearer is a ‘Feminist’
» France: Marine Le Pen Calls for ‘Referendum Revolution’ To Hand Power Back to the People
» Investigation Opened After 500 French Far-Left Extremists Riot After Election
» Majority of Poles Support Government’s Response to Russian Invasion of Ukraine
» Microchipping Humans is Already a Thing
» Peak of German Prosperity is ‘Probably Over’ — CDU Chief Friedrich Merz Prepares for Economic Decline
» Swedish Folk Band Cancelled Because They Play a Russian Musical Instrument
» UK: Lloyd’s of London Switches to Remote Trading After Climate Protests
» ‘Words Matter, CNN’ — Polish Ambassador Protests Over “Polish Concentration Camps” Jibe
 
Balkans
» Soviet Era Drone That Crashed in Croatia Carried Aerial Bomb, Experts Say
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Sean Penn Can’t Quit Ukraine: ‘I’m Now Thinking About Taking Up Arms Against Russia’
» Zelensky Says Russians Using ‘Phosphorus Bombs’ After Nazi Azovs’ Chemical Weapons Claim
 
South Asia
» India’s Digital ID System Faces Major Scrutiny
 
Latin America
» Monark Racks Up 1.2 Million Views in His First Two Weeks on Rumble
 
Immigration
» At Least 85 Migrants Arrive in the UK After Crossing the Channel on Dinghies in the Early Hours — Taking This Year’s Total to More Than 4,500
» Britain Makes Migrant Pact With Rwanda
» DeSantis Warns Migrants Bused From Texas to DC: ‘Do Not Come to Florida. Life Will Not be Easy for You’
» Double Standard for Refugees in Czechia? Ukrainian Romanies Often End Up in Detention Centers
» Germany: Over 1 in 4 People Have ‘Migrant Background’
» Migrants Arrive in D.C. Buses Sent by GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
» Migrants Snap Selfies at Border After Crossing Into US
» Secret Migrant Flights ‘Back’ in NY: Rob Astorino
 
Culture Wars
» Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Allowing App Store Choice Would Harm User Privacy
» Assisted Suicide Bill in Connecticut Defeated for the 10th Time
» New Oklahoma Law Will ‘Stop the Murder of the Unborn, ‘ Make it a Felony to Kill Babies Via Abortion
» The Smithsonian Institute is Going Woke
» TikTok Censored Human Rights Group Over “Gay” Comment
» Waterloo School Board Refuses to Review Age-Appropriateness of K-6 Sex Books
» Wisconsin School Celebrates ‘Fine Arts Week’ With Drag Performance by French Teacher
 

Argentina Inflation Surged to 20-Year High in March

(Bloomberg) — Argentina’s inflation rate galloped to its fastest pace in March since 2002, challenging a strategy by the government to cool prices that already lacked support from within the ruling coalition.

Consumer prices rose 6.7% last month compared to February, the highest level since Argentina was in one of its worst economic crises 20 years ago. Inflation reached 55.1% from a year ago, the highest annual level of President Alberto Fernandez’s presidency and most since June 2019. Both results were above all forecasts among economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

Prices for education, textiles, utilities and food all exceeded the headline figure in March. Core inflation accelerated to 6.4% too.

Economy Minister Martin Guzman had already warned on Monday that price increases for March would be above at least 6%, surpassing economists’ expectations at the time.

Many economists are now forecasting that prices may rise more than 60% annually this year,

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

Canada’s New Budget Pushes Exploration of a Central Bank Digital Currency

Canada’s recently released 2022 budget includes texts saying that the government will review the need for a central bank digital currency. Critics warn that digital currencies carry privacy risks, the potential for more government control, and the inability to use cash in the future.

The review will look into how “to maintain the security and stability of the financial system in light of these evolving business models and technological capabilities; and the potential need for a central bank digital currency in Canada.”

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

Global Food Crisis: German Wholesale See Highest Percentage Price Rise in 60 Years

As the global food crisis worsens thanks to the ongoing war in Ukraine, wholesale prices in Germany have spiked, seeing their greatest yearly rise in 60 years.

The wholesale costs of fuel, minerals and food in Germany have seen their greatest yearly rise in 60 years, prompting fears of stock shortages and sky-high prices.

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

UK Inflation Hits 30-Year High of 7% as Energy Prices Surge

LONDON — U.K. inflation came in at an annual 7% in March — its highest for 30 years — as soaring food and energy prices continue to squeeze consumers and pose a dilemma for policymakers.

Consumer prices rose by 1.1% month-on-month, outstripping expectations for a 0.7% climb in a Reuters poll of economists, which had also projected a 6.7% annual increase.

The 7% annual rise in the consumer price index is the highest since March 1992, outstripping the 6.2% increase recorded in February.

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

Unique Czech Inflation — Why Are Prices Rising So Fast in the Country?

The cost of living crisis in the Czech Republic is rising rapidly with the growth of inflation to almost 13 percent almost certainly not yet over.

Due to the recovery from the pandemic and the Russian invasion, most economies are suffering, but Czechia is an exception. Almost nowhere are prices rising as fast as in this country — only the Baltics are a little worse off. There are several reasons for this.

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

BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Says Charity Tax Forms Are ‘Triggering’

At a recent event in Washington, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said that 990 tax forms required for charities are “triggering,” and are being “weaponized” against organizations like hers.

According to the Washington Examiner, an IRS 990 form is a document charities are required to file yearly and provide to the public disclosing their financial activities.

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

Breaking: Justice Department Secretly Spied on Project Veritas Journalists, Security Detail’s Apple and Google Accounts

Apple and Google have admitted that between December 24, 2020, and March 15, 2021, the Department of Justice issued nine secret subpoenas and warrants to the tech companies for private information on Project Veritas journalists, said Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe in a video released on Wednesday.

The Apple and Google accounts of journalists’ security detail, accessing private information on them.

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

DuckDuckGo Introduces Its Own Desktop Browser, Starting With MacOS

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused company, has announced its MacOS browser is available in beta. The plans for the desktop browser were announced in December 2021.

While the company has recently been criticized for its censorship, privacy is the main focus of the MacOS browser. The default search engine will be the company’s private search engine. Like the iOS app, the desktop browser will come with an inbuilt tracker and ad blocker. The browser also has a Privacy Feed, where users can view the websites that attempted to track them.

The cookie pop-up blocking system will minimize the annoying pop-ups that ask users to “accept” or “manage cookie settings.”

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

Exclusive New Video Appears to Show Suspect Frank James Allegedly on His Way to Brooklyn Subway Shooting

Exclusive video appears to show Brooklyn subway shooting suspect 00:28 NEW YORK — It has been more than 24 hours since the subway mass shooting in Sunset Park, Brooklyn turned a morning commute into chaos, and police are still looking for the man responsible.

Mayor Eric Adams says they are now calling Frank James a suspect, instead of just a person of interest, and police released new pictures of him.

[…]

Investigators say the suspect unloaded 33 rounds and threw smoke bombs. Fortunately, every single victim is expected to be OK, and many have already been released from the hospital.

As police stood guard at the 36th Street subway station Wednesday morning, one commuter blessed herself with the sign of the cross before getting on the subway.

The station was the scene of sheer horror the morning before, as riders were seen running for their lives through smoke and away from gunfire.

Police say 62-year-old Frank James attacked straphangers in the tunnel between the 59th Street and 36th Street stations, shooting 10 people and injuring 13 more when it’s assumed he set off smoke bombs, while wearing a gas mask.

On 4/12/22 at 8:30 AM, Frank Robert James fired numerous gun shots inside an “N” line subway car at 36th St & 4th Ave subway station causing serious injuries to 10 people. Anyone with info about the incident or his whereabouts should contact @NYPDTips or call 1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/MaeF16i4bX

[…]

The mayor is still in isolation after being diagnosed with COVID, but he spoke virtually Wednesday to a number of media outlets about the investigation.

Detectives believe James entered the subway at the Kings Highway station — no one in the area seemingly aware of what he would do next.

“Well, there’s no evidence that indicates at this time that there was an accomplice,” said Adams.

The mayor said new information became available that upgraded James from a person of interest to a suspect. The city issued alerts Wednesday on cellphones.

“I’m sure more than one person identified him as the person in the subway,” retired NYPD Lt. Donald Drogin told CBS2, saying that means police are one step closer to catching James. “That’s the guy, 100%, that they’re focusing on. When they’re a person of interest, maybe they wanted to talk him, and he had a good alibi…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Georgia Elections Chief Cracks Down on Non-Citizens Seeking to Vote, Refers 1,600 for Prosecution

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he referred more than 1,600 cases of potential non-citizens attempting to register to vote in Georgia to local prosecutors and state investigators.

The secretary of state referred the cases to the State Election Board, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and local prosecutors. The announcement comes weeks after Raffensperger said the state completed the first citizenship audit of the state’s voter rolls.

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

John Hinckley Jr, Who Tried to Assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, Will Play Sold-Out Show in Brooklyn This Summer After Serving 35 Years in Psychiatric Hospital

John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan in an attempt to ‘impress’ actress Jodie Foster more than 40 years ago, is playing a sold-out concert in Brooklyn this summer.

Hinckley, 66, tweeted on April 9 that he was ‘very excited about [his] upcoming show.’

‘Ticket sales are good. July 9, Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.’

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

Leftist Teacher in Oklahoma Reportedly Fired After Profanity-Laced TikTok Videos: ‘I’m Your Parents Now’

OWASSO, Oklahoma (LifeSiteNews) — An Oklahoma middle school teacher is reportedly being let go after a Tik Tok video surfaced in which he said about students’ parents: ‘f*** them. I’m your parents now.”

Tyler Wrynn, a teacher with the Owasso 8th Grade Center, told students in a Tik Tok video that if their parents didn’t “love and accept” them for who they are, “f*** them. I’m your parents now.”

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

Leftist Economist Robert Reich Condemns Elon Musk as ‘Dangerous’ For Taking on Twitter

(LifeSiteNews) — Tech mogul Elon Musk’s vision for freer discourse on Twitter aligns with “the dream of every dictator, strongman, demagogue and modern-day robber baron on Earth,” according to left-wing economist and former Clinton administration Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

A vocal critic of speech discrimination by online communication platforms, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO recently bought 73.5 million Twitter shares amounting to 9.2 percent of the company, making him its single largest shareholder, then rejected a seat on the board of directors that would have capped his potential ownership at 15 percent, fueling speculation he intends to buy enough of the company to reform it himself.

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

Man Charged With Murder After Pedestrian Run Down Dies in Custody at Hospital

A Gloucester County man arrested last month on charges that he ran down a pedestrian with his minivan following a dispute has died in custody from an apparent medical issue, authorities confirmed.

Giovanni Esposito, 68, who was charged with murder in the killing of Michael G. Cranmer, 31, in Paulsboro, died April 8 at Cooper University Hospital, according to Salem County Correctional Facility Warden John Cuzzupe.

Based on a preliminary review, Esposito’s death was the result of a medical issue, Cuzzupe said, but the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the matter.

Details on the nature of his health problem were not disclosed.

Esposito was transferred from the jail to Salem Medical Center on April 5, then transferred to Cooper University Hospital, Camden, on April 7, Cuzzupe said, before dying the following day.

Esposito allegedly drove onto a Paulsboro sidewalk on the afternoon of March 20 and ran down Cranmer, who was homeless and living in a wooded area in the borough, according to Gloucester County prosecutors.

A witness who claimed he knew both men said each had described a feud, though the nature of the dispute was not disclosed during court proceedings. Esposito had allegedly struck Cranmer with the minivan on a previous occasion, causing only minor injuries, prosecutors said…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Oberlin College Still Has Not Paid $33 Million Owed to Family-Run Bakery for Defamation Lawsuit

Ohio’s Oberlin College lost their defamation lawsuit appeal against Gibson Bakery at the beginning of April. But the school continues to contest paying the family financial compensation over accusations that the local business was “racist.”

According to the Daily Mail, Oberlin was originally obligated to pay $40 million, but that settlement was later reduced to $25 million in damages and another $6 million in legal fees. Oberlin College was ordered by Ohio’s state appeals court to pay Gibson’s Bakery, but the college continues to contest the payout, and says it is considering its options.

The bakery was falsely accused of “racism” after calling the police when three black Oberlin students shoplifted a bottle of wine in November 2016.

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

Oregon Middle School Teacher Arrested, Charged With Sexual Abuse, Incest

A substitute teacher at Talent Middle School in Talent, Oregon was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on five sex crime charges.

Sean Kenneth Fuller, 44, of Medford, Oregon has been charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of incest, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Pence Decries Cancel Culture Amid Protests and Praises Zelenskyy at University of Virginia

On Tuesday evening, former Vice President Mike Pence praised Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy, criticized President Biden and “cancel culture” and said he would tell his child “I love you” if his son or daughter came out as gay.

His remarks at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, more than four years removed from a violent white nationalist rally in 2017, revealed a political figure trying to at once embrace and set himself apart from former President Donald Trump, as he begins to chart a course for his own potential presidential bid in 2024.

While his visit was centered around free speech and was billed as “How to Save America from the Woke Left,” he also advocated supporting the Ukrainian people and called Russia’s invasion an “unconscionable war of aggression.”

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

Person of Interest in NYC Subway Attack Had Social Media Filled With Black Nationalism and Hate

Frank James, a 62-year-old man who has been identified as a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway attack that injured at least 29 people Tuesday morning, warned last month that he was “entering the danger zone.”

James allegedly rented a U-Haul van linked to the shooting on the subway shooting in Brooklyn and is being sought for questioning. He previously railed against Mayor Adams and posted threatening rants to YouTube.

In a March 2022 video uploaded to YouTube, James expressed the hope that humanity would be exterminated because of the damage people have done to the environment.

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

Person of Interest in Brooklyn Subway Attack Was Known to FBI, Cleared From Watchlist

The person of interest in Tuesday morning’s Brooklyn subway mass shooting is a known entity to the FBI and appeared on a watchlist until he was cleared in 2019, according to Newsweek.

Frank James, a 62-year-old man who has been identified by authorities as a person of interest in Tuesday’s attack that injured at least 29 people with 5 of those being in critical condition, was cleared by the FBI from the Guardian lead system in New Mexico after multiple interviews.

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

Proposed California Bill Threatens to Revoke Doctors’ Licenses for Contradicting State Messaging

In California, work is underway by lawmakers described by some as “Orwellian” to push two new Covid bills — one that would deal with “misinformation” around the epidemic and the virus coming from doctors, and another whose goal is to promote censorship by internet platforms.

Critics say that the motive behind the Senate Bill 1018 and Assembly Bill 2098, introduced by two Democrats, is to prevent doctors from speaking freely, whether about Covid treatment or on issues directly affecting their patients.

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

Subway Shooting Suspect to Face Terrorism Charges

New York subway shooting suspect Frank James faces a terrorism charge after 10 people were shot Tuesday in an attack.

The 62-year-old James has been charged with committing a terrorist attack on a transportation system, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

James is in custody after he called Crime Stoppers on himself Wednesday morning before going on a stroll through East Villiage, The New York Post reported.

“A call came into Crime Stoppers,” a law enforcement source told the Post about the bizarre moment James called himself in. “The guy says, ‘You know I think you’re looking for me. I’m seeing my picture all over the news and I’ll be around this McDonalds.’“

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

The Brooklyn Subway Attack

Despite the suspect’s innumerable hateful and violent anti-white social media posts, the media quickly moved to dismiss a racial or political motive behind the Brooklyn subway attack.

Gee, I wonder why?

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

Twitter Reverses Ban on Pennsylvania House Republicans After Censorship Pushback

Twitter this week suspended the official account of Pennsylvania House Republicans for alleged violation of its rules. The account has in the meanwhile been reinstated.

According to a spokesman for the Pennsylvania House Republicans, Jason Gottesman, who spoke earlier, they received no warning prior to the decision to silence the account with some 31,000 followers.

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

Veteran NJ Volunteer Firefighter Suspended for Liking a Facebook Post

A veteran volunteer firefighter in Absecon, New Jersey, was suspended for 30 days for liking a Facebook post. He could face further punishment for violating the suspension.

On March 4, Deputy Fire Chief Dale Conover was suspended for thirty days by the Absecon Fire Department. In a letter obtained by WPG Talk Radio, the Absecon Fire Chief Roy Talley told Conover that he was suspended for an “inappropriate post.”

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

Video: Tucker Carlson Dubs Musk’s Twitter Takeover as “Direct Challenge” to Elite

Fox news Host Tucker Carlson covered Elon Musk’s apparent attempts to restore free speech to Twitter Tuesday, declaring that the Space X CEO’s efforts are a “direct challenge” to “illegitimate regimes” trying “so hard to control information through censorship.”

Pointing to Musk’s intimations that he will crack down on censorship on the platform, Carlson urged that “A free Twitter would mean an open debate about ideas on the single most important incubator of elite opinion in the world.”

He added, “It would mean a return to free and fair elections in the United States. A system in which both sides are allowed to make their case to the public and then the public can decide, it’s called democracy.”

“And above all, a free Twitter would mean a direct challenge to the people in charge of our country’s institutions, many of whom are incompetent,” Carlson added.

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

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Ballot Drop Box, Absentee Ballot Arguments

Wisconsin should soon have an answer about ballot drop boxes and just who can return absentee ballots.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday morning in the case Richard Teigen v. Wisconsin Elections Commission.

It is the challenge to the Elections Commission’s guidance to local election managers that voters can drop off their ballots, or ballots from other voters at drop boxes.

“[State law] says there are only two ways to return an absentee ballot, you mail it or you deliver it in-person to the clerk. And a drop box is neither of those, which is why they’re not allowed, “ Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty senior counsel Luke Berg told The Center Square. “But the other side says ‘Well, ya know it doesn’t say clearly that you can’t have a drop box.’“

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

Bill Gates Says “Crazy” Protests Against His Vaccines Are “Kind of Weird”

While pushing a billion dollar ‘pandemic prevention’ global government health ‘solution’ at a TED Talk this week, Bill Gates addressed ‘conspiracy theories’ regarding himself and COVID vaccines, calling those who speak about them “crazy.”

In an appearance at the TED2022 conference in Vancouver, Canada, Gates declared that it was “somewhat ironic” that protesters had gathered outside the venue because he has “saved tens of millions of lives.”

Gates said that “The Gates Foundation is very involved in vaccines, the invention of new vaccines, funding vaccines. So it’s somewhat ironic to have somebody turn around and say we’re using vaccines to kill people or to make money or we started the [Covid-19] pandemic,” Insider reported.

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

Canadians Whose Bank Accounts Were Unjustly Frozen by the Feds May Receive Compensation

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Canadians who had their bank accounts wrongly frozen may be compensated by the federal government due to the stipulations of the Emergencies Act that Prime Minister Trudeau used to squash the peaceful anti-COVID mandate protests initiated by the Freedom Convoy.

Blacklock’s Reporter reported on April 7 that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said that her department was not aware of any account holders who were blacklisted “wrongly.”

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

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Challenges Nova Scotia Government for Banning COVID Protests

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (LifeSiteNews) — The pro-freedom Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) was in an appeals court Monday taking on the provincial government of Nova Scotia, which last year banned its residents from protesting against draconian COVID rules.

During an appearance before a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal yesterday, the CCLA appealed a May 2021 Nova Scotia Supreme Court injunction by Justice Scott Norton, which banned anyone from organizing or promoting rallies against COVID rules on social media.

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

Canadian Health Agency Reportedly Looking to Create Quarantine Inspectors With Police-Like Powers

OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Public Health Agency (PHAC) revealed last week that it is looking at giving its federal quarantine inspectors new police-like powers which would allow them to hand out tickets to COVID rule breakers.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the proposal by PHAC is under “initial discussion” and came after its managers protested they were reliant on local law enforcement to give tickets out under Canada’s Quarantine Act.

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

Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis Warns Canadians of Threat to Health Care if Nation Signs Who Treaty

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative MP and leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis says Canada should “not” give away the “sovereignty” of the nation’s health care by signing a World Health Organization (WHO) pandemic treaty, the text of which is currently being written.

“Canada must not sign away our sovereignty on health care, but that is exactly what some of Canada’s leaders are trying to do. And there is tremendous pressure from around the world to make us do it,” Lewis wrote in a recent message posted to her campaign website.

[Comment: MP Leslyn Lewis makes an excellent point. The more I think about it, the more I consider a WHO pandemic treaty to be a globalist plot.]

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

Corduroy Restaurant Owner, Patrons React to B.C. Dropping Vaccine Passport

“Booze is Back!!” reads the website of Kitsilano, British Columbia’s Corduroy Restaurant.

On April 8, at one minute past midnight, the last Canadian province to segregate citizens based on their COVID-19 vaccination status dropped its vaccine passport system.

The removal of restrictions not only allows all British Columbians to be free to do normal things like work out at a gym, enjoy a concert and attend their child’s dance performance, it also means that entrepreneurs like Rebecca Matthews, the co-owner of Corduroy, no longer have to choose between discriminating against their customers based on their medical choices or losing a significant stream of revenue by not serving alcohol.

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

Levy: Ottawa School Board Reinstates Masks After 8-1 Vote

Despite warnings from their education director that it was unworkable at this stage, trustees with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) have voted 8-1 to reinstate a mask mandate for students and staff.

After nearly two hours of procedural wrangling, in-camera questions and twisted logic, the motion on Tuesday to mandate mask use in all OCDSB buildings was approved with absolutely no deadline given for it to be lifted.

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

Michael Ignatieff Scolds Radicals at ‘Freedoms vs. Climate Change’ Conference

Former Liberal Party of Canada leader and history professor Michael Ignatieff told a radical climate change conference on Tuesday that Greta Thunberg was a moral bully and that Canadian oil and gas is the key to balancing democracy with environmental concerns.

Ignatieff took the positions during his keynote presentation at a University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) online symposium titled “A Wicked Problem: Individual Freedoms and Climate Change.” On the heels of the latest COVID lockdowns and destructive weather in B.C., the event weighed whether personal freedoms should be restricted for the good of the earth’s climate.

Saying that radical environmentalists including Thunberg see democratic deliberation as an obstacle to their goals, Ignatieff argued that Canadian oil and gas could serve to prevent authoritarianism and economic depression while still providing a responsible path to cleaner energy.

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

Pro-Freedom Canadian Professors to Launch ‘Alternative Model’ of Higher Education

TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) — Following the ideological takeover of universities, a group of prominent Canadian academics have announced they will be launching an education system that truly fosters “open thinking and free expression.”

Speaking to LifeSiteNews, Dr. Jeff Graham, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto who, along with other faculty members, has levied a human rights complaint against the university over its imposition of vaccine mandates, revealed that he, along with a group of other like-minded academics, are launching an alternative to the current Canadian higher education system this spring called the Canadian Centre for Learning.

The online “Launch Party” for the new endeavor is set for April 27 and will feature keynote speeches from prominent figures, including Dr. Julie Ponesse of the Democracy Fund, Dr. Denis Rancourt of the Ontario Civil Liberties Association, and former director of Global News Anita Krishna.

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

Radical Environmental Group Calls for Deflating SUV Tires in ‘Wealthy Areas’ To Combat Climate Change

The radical environmental group Adbusters encouraged their followers to release air from the tires of SUVs in an attempt to combat climate change. The activists posted how-to instructions on Twitter calling it “gentle escalation.”

The group wrote, “Time to do something about SUVs. They’re the 2nd-largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions since 2010, more than aviation. This is a gentle escalation of methods to drive the urgency of this climate crisis home and engender a systemic aversion to SUVs.”

“Wedge gravel in the tire valves, leaflet the SUV to let them know the tires are flat and why it was done, and walk away. It’s that simple,” the group continued. “If we organize, we can hit enough SUVs in particular neighborhoods to spark reporting and spread the metameme.”

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Rumble Shames Globe and Mail Over Pressure to Censor Russian Content

Online video platform Rumble slammed the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, accusing the legacy news outlet of supporting corporate-media-driven public censorship after a Globe journalist asked them why they haven’t blocked or limited Russian content like other sites.

“The Globe and Mail is demanding to know why we aren’t dutifully copying YouTube’s censorship. It is now common that we receive pressure from journalists demanding that we censor more,” Rumble wrote.

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Trudeau Government Considers Requiring COVID Booster Shots for Federal Employees

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is considering whether or not booster shots should be added to the federal employee vaccine mandate.

While the provinces have rescinded their vaccine mandates and most of their other so-called COVID policies, it was reported last week that the Trudeau government is “reviewing” its mandates, which includes a discussion about whether or not the policy should be expanded to require a third dose of the experimental COVID as a condition of employment with the federal government.

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Winnipeg High School Football Coach Charged After Five Former Students Accuse Him of Sexual Assault

A Winnipeg high school football coach has been charged after allegedly sexually assaulting former students.

On Tuesday, Winnipeg Police’s sex crimes unit arrested and charged a high school football coach after former students came forward alleging that he had sexually assaulted them.

The incidents are said to have taken place between 2004 and 2011.

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‘EU’s Rule of Law Proceedings Are Biased, ‘ Hungarian Justice Minister Claims

The European Commission’s implementation of the bloc’s rule of law mechanism is biased against member states with conservative governments, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga has claimed.

Speaking after a meeting of EU justice ministers on Tuesday, Varga told reporters “the findings of the European Commission’s country-specific rule of law reports are characterized by a double standard for Hungary and Poland.”

Judit Varga revealed that the relevant ministers had held a country-specific discussion over the framework of the so-called annual dialogue on the rule of law and reviewed the practical application of the rule of law in several Member States, including Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg and Malta. The head of the ministry emphasized that there was no legal response to Hungary’s concern about the double standard in the reports.

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Finland: Climate Change Extremists Block Train Carrying Russian Coal to Europe

Members of Greenpeace and the extremist climate change group Extinction Rebellion in Finland blocked a train they said was carrying Russian coal from reaching a port.

The activists blocked the train from reaching the port access at Koverhar in Hanko on Tuesday afternoon, with around 40 protestors occupying the railway tracks, some of which police say chained themselves to the tracks as well.

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France: ‘I Have Never Seen a President as Bad as You!’ — Man in Alsace Confronts Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron suffered the ignominy of a public confrontation by a man present in the crowd as he made his way to Chtenois in the Alsace department in north-eastern France, on Tuesday.

As reported by the Valeurs actuelles news outlet, the visit to Chtenois was marked by lively exchanges by a man intent on challenging the French president on his record in office.

“You are Machiavellian, manipulator, and a liar,” the man said to Macron from the middle of the crowd.

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France: Macron: Lockdown Critics Don’t Live in the ‘Real World’ But Islamic Veil Wearer is a ‘Feminist’

Emmanuel Macron has claimed that those who criticise French lockdown policy are not living in the ‘real world’, while praising one veil-wearing Muslim woman as a feminist.

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron has had a strange last 48 hours on the campaign trail, denouncing one voter as not living in the “real world” over her criticisms of the President’s lockdown policy, while praising another woman for being both a feminist who wears an Islamic veil, she said, voluntarily.

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France: Marine Le Pen Calls for ‘Referendum Revolution’ To Hand Power Back to the People

Speaking in the run up to April 24 French Presidential Election, populist candidate Marine Le Pen has called for a “referendum revolution” to put sweeping policy changes to a democratic vote, claiming President Emmanuel Macron has given power to technocrats.

Ms Le Pen gave a press conference in Eure on Wednesday, stating that she would like to see a policy developed in which citizens can initiate referendums on topics, a policy that was a central demand of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protest movement that has been a major feature of the Macron era government.

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Investigation Opened After 500 French Far-Left Extremists Riot After Election

The prosecutor’s office in the French city of Rennes has opened an investigation following a riot involving hundreds of people that took place after the first round of the French presidential election.

Around 500 people took part in the rioting, which took place in the city centre of Rennes on Sunday evening following the end of voting for the first round of the French presidential election that saw President Emmanuel Macron and populist Marine Le Pen advance to the second round run-off vote.

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Majority of Poles Support Government’s Response to Russian Invasion of Ukraine

A majority of Poles approve of the action taken by their country’s government in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, new polling shows.

According to a poll by the Institute of Market and Social Research IBRIS for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, 65 percent of respondents considered the action taken by the Polish government on the international stage to be either “definitely good” or “rather good.”

On the contrary, 30 percent disapproved of the handling of the crisis by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government, while 5 percent did not offer an opinion on the matter.

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Microchipping Humans is Already a Thing

A British-Polish firm has been selling implantable payment microchips for the past year.

Implantable microchips have been available since 1998. However, those that can allow users to make contactless payments were introduced by a British-Polish form called Walletmor last year.

The rice-grain sized microchip weighs less than a gram. The chip and its antenna are encased in a natural material that resembles plastic called biopolymer.

“The implant can be used to pay for a drink on the beach in Rio, a coffee in New York, a haircut in Paris — or at your local grocery store,” Walletmor’s founder and chief executive Wojtek Paprota told the BBC. “It can be used wherever contactless payments are accepted.

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Peak of German Prosperity is ‘Probably Over’ — CDU Chief Friedrich Merz Prepares for Economic Decline

The opposition leader in the German Bundestag and head of the CDU party, Friedrich Merz, has predicted a drop in Germany’s economic prosperity, insisting the country’s economic peak “is probably over.”

“We will do badly,” claimed Merz during an appearance on the ARD television program, Report from Berlin.

“The peak of our prosperity — at least for a certain time — is probably over,” he added, warning that politicians can only mitigate the expected poor economic development to a limited extent.

“We will no longer be able to afford one or the other. That will be the case for a certain time,” Merz claimed.

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Swedish Folk Band Cancelled Because They Play a Russian Musical Instrument

A Swedish folk band was banned from performing at a benefit concert to support Ukraine because they play a Russian musical instrument, with outraged critics claiming the balalaika was as bad as displaying a Nazi swastika.

No, this isn’t the Babylon Bee.

Södra Bergens Balalaikor, a band first formed in 1969, had been scheduled to play a charity concert to support Ukraine in the Swedish city of Uppsala.

However, their appearance was cancelled after bedwetting morons complained that the balalaika, a three-string musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden body, was a “national symbol of Russia.”

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UK: Lloyd’s of London Switches to Remote Trading After Climate Protests

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) — Lloyds of London said on Tuesday it had advised its employees and market participants not to come to their City of London headquarters on Tuesday and was trading remotely after climate activists blocked several entrances to the building.

Extinction Rebellion said more than 60 people had gathered at the insurance market’s flagship building to demand it “stop insuring fossil fuels including coal, tar sands, oil and gas.”

Protestors used superglue, chains and bike locks to block entrances with the aim of forcing Lloyd’s to close for the day, the group said. Climbers also scaled the outside of the building and dropped a banner which said ‘End fossil fuels now’.

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‘Words Matter, CNN’ — Polish Ambassador Protests Over “Polish Concentration Camps” Jibe

Poland’s Ambassador to the United States Marek Magierowski has protested CNN’s mentioning of “Polish concentration camps” in its material on the plight of Ukrainian refugees.

In its coverage of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the U.S. broadcaster showed interviews with Jewish families in Poland who had opened their homes to Ukrainians seeking refuge.

Those interviewed by CNN told the reporter about their families’ plight during World War II with some of their relatives having gone to concentration camps which in the material is referred to as “Polish concentration camps.”

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Soviet Era Drone That Crashed in Croatia Carried Aerial Bomb, Experts Say

A Soviet era reconnaissance drone that crashed in the Croatian capital of Zagreb last month without causing any harm to residents carried an aerial bomb that exploded after hitting the ground, a panel of experts say.

The investigators did not want to reveal the drone’s intended target or who had sent it, but Hungary had said that the Tupolev TU-141 drone was detected by radar in Hungarian airspace after being detected over Ukraine, and had entered Hungary via Romanian air space.

The drone, flying at 1,000 metres, flew from Hungary on March 10 and crashed seven minutes after entering Croatia’s air space, the Croatian government had said.

Both Hungary and Croatia are NATO members.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Russian forces advanced on a contested steelworks complex in Mariupol. Buses meant to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate civilians were blocked by Russian soldiers, Ukraine said. Russia shelled civilian targets in the northeastern city of Kharkiv and the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, a hub for refugees who fled Mariupol, Ukraine said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said authorities were collecting more witness testimony about the alleged war crimes for which Russia denies responsibility. He issued a video plea for more weapons to arm Ukrainian forces, who have benefited from NATO training in recent years.

U.S.: President Biden said the U.S. would deliver an additional $800 million in weapons, ammunition and security assistance to Ukraine, and he spoke with Mr. Zelensky about U.S. support. The Biden administration is moving to significantly expand the intelligence it is providing Ukraine’s forces. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said countries that maintain their ties to Russia risk isolation from the global economy.

After Mr. Biden used the word “genocide” to describe alleged Russian atrocities in Ukraine, U.S. officials emphasized on Wednesday that only a legal process could lead to a formal genocide designation by the U.S.

Russia: A Russian activist accused of replacing price tags in supermarkets with antiwar messaging has been jailed for eight weeks pending trial for “discrediting Russia’s armed forces,” a charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The Russian oil industry is slowing due to sanctions, a blow to Moscow’s main economic engine.

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Sean Penn Can’t Quit Ukraine: ‘I’m Now Thinking About Taking Up Arms Against Russia’

Left-wing Hollywood star Sean Penn is clearly having trouble leaving his adventures in Ukraine behind him. The Oscar-winning star has revealed he is now considering retuning to fight Russian forces.

Sean Penn expressed his desire to take up arms in a recent interview with Hollywood Authentic magazine.

[Comment: The comments at the Breitbart article are hilarious.]

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Zelensky Says Russians Using ‘Phosphorus Bombs’ After Nazi Azovs’ Chemical Weapons Claim

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told members of the Estonian Parliament on Wednesday that Russia had used “phosphorus bombs” against civilians in his country.

While Zelensky had similarly mentioned use of phosphorus bombs in the past, the latest allegation follows claims by members of the neo-Nazi Azov Regiment, a formal wing of the Ukrainian armed forces, this week that Ukrainian fighters had suffered an attack by an unknown chemical agent in Mariupol, a critical port city in the disputed Donbas region.

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India’s Digital ID System Faces Major Scrutiny

India’s Comptroller and Auditor General conducted an audit of the Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) which oversees the twelve-digit biometric ID system “Aadhaar.” The audit found several issues caused by poor decision making by the authority and incompetence from service providers like HP and HCL.

Aadhaar is essential to accessing government services. UIDAI was tasked with collecting the biometrics needed to create the 12-digit Aadhaar; ten fingerprints, a face photo, and two iris scans.

Over 99% of India’s adult population has enrolled in the program.

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Monark Racks Up 1.2 Million Views in His First Two Weeks on Rumble

Popular Brazilian podcaster Monark has passed one million total views on the free speech video sharing platform Rumble less than two weeks after he joined. According to Rumble, Monark also nearly broke 40,000 concurrent viewers on his most recent live stream.

Monark is known as “Brazil’s version of Joe Rogan” and recently announced that he’d be exclusively live-streaming his “Monark Talks” podcast to Rumble. His Portuguese-language podcast features long-form interviews with guests and he streamed his first episode to Rumble on April 4.

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At Least 85 Migrants Arrive in the UK After Crossing the Channel on Dinghies in the Early Hours — Taking This Year’s Total to More Than 4,500

At least seven boats carrying around 85 more migrants crossed the Channel this morning, bringing this year’s total so far to around 4,578.

Around 40 people were escorted from Dungeness and Dover harbour, Kent, on board an RNLI vessel at 3am, with the mostly male group seen wrapped in warm coats and blankets as they were led along the gangway to be processed.

Shortly after 9am a second RNLI lifeboat brought around 15 migrants to shore.

Less than an hour later, Border Force vessel Searcher escorted at least another 30 people to the port of Dover.

Today’s arrivals in Dungeness, Kent are just the second of the month after heavy winds in the Channel temporarily put a stop to small boat crossings.

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Britain Makes Migrant Pact With Rwanda

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said he would announce a migration partnership with Rwanda on Thursday, prompting speculation that the deal will include sending migrants arriving in Britain to the African country for processing.

Details of the new pact, and who it might impact, were not clear Wednesday night, though British media reports have suggested that the government was exploring proposals to fly asylum seekers arriving in Britain to Rwanda, for their claims to be dealt with there.

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DeSantis Warns Migrants Bused From Texas to DC: ‘Do Not Come to Florida. Life Will Not be Easy for You’

EXCLUSIVE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is warning migrants not to come to his state after a bus full of migrants from Texas who were dropped off at the U.S. Capitol said they plan to head to Miami.

A bus full of 23 migrants from Texas unloaded at the foot of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday morning, as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan to counter federal immigration policies during an ongoing border crisis.

The migrants told Fox News that they are planning to head down to Miami, Florida, likely by train. The bus ride conducted by the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) concluded in D.C. and is not continuing on to Florida, so migrants would have to find their own way down to the southern state.

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Double Standard for Refugees in Czechia? Ukrainian Romanies Often End Up in Detention Centers

While decent housing is being sought for ethnic Ukrainians, Romany groups are heading in large numbers to the former detention facility in Vysni Lhoty near the Czech-Slovakian border.

Human rights organizations and people who evacuated the Romanies to the Czech Republic are protesting against the procedure. However, locals complain about the behavior of the Romanies. The Interior Ministry denies segregation but promises change.

Nearly solely Roma refugees from all over the country have been traveling to the center in Vysni Lhoty in eastern Moravia for three weeks now, three credible sources have confirmed to the iDNES.cz news outlet.

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Germany: Over 1 in 4 People Have ‘Migrant Background’

The number of people with “migrant background” — foreigners and people with foreign roots — keeps rising in Germany, with Turkey, Poland and Russia the top three countries of familial origin.

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Migrants Arrive in D.C. Buses Sent by GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

WASHINGTON — A group of undocumented migrants arrived in the nation’s capital Wednesday on a bus sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, part of the Republican governor’s strategy to oppose the Biden administration’s rescinding of a Trump-era border policy.

“By busing migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border,” Abbott said in a statement Wednesday, adding that another busload is en route.

The migrants, from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, were being dropped off between Union Station and the Capitol as “part of Governor Abbott’s response to the Biden Administration’s decision to end Title 42 expulsions,” his office said.

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Migrants Snap Selfies at Border After Crossing Into US

FIRST ON FOX: Migrants who crossed the southern border into the U.S. were spotted taking selfies in front of the unfinished border wall, as the crisis continues to rage.

Fox News Digital traveled to Yuma, Arizona, with several members of the House Oversight Committee on Monday and Tuesday to take a look at the ongoing crisis at the southern border in crisis.

During a night tour of the Yuma border, a pair of migrants were seen snapping a selfie as two Border Patrol agents looked after hundreds of migrants along a stretch of the Yuma border as they waited for buses to arrive.

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Secret Migrant Flights ‘Back’ in NY: Rob Astorino

As the massive influx of migrants continues to grip the U.S. southern border, the Biden administration has secretly resumed its transportation of migrants throughout the country.

Rob Astorino, one of many candidates in the crowded New York governor’s race, told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo that the administration’s actions are “absurd” and a “complete lack of respect for Americans” after sounding the alarm on the issue months prior.

“It’s Biden Express from El Paso to regional airports, including Westchester,” the N.Y. gubernatorial candidate told the “Mornings with Maria” host on Wednesday.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Allowing App Store Choice Would Harm User Privacy

Apple continues to fight tooth and nail to keep strict control over its highly lucrative App Store, this time appealing to people’s desire to enjoy better privacy while using mobile devices.

In many countries around the world, this and other tech behemoths’ policies on this front are being questioned for their monopolistic nature, including in the US and in the EU. The effort in Europe is aimed at allowing users to install apps from sources other than the App Store on their iPhones, while in the US, regulators are targeting both Apple and Google with a number of antitrust bills.

But Apple CEO Tim Cook is spinning the story to say that if these legislative moves succeed, customers’ privacy, rather than the company’s bottom line, would suffer.

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Assisted Suicide Bill in Connecticut Defeated for the 10th Time

HARTFORD, Connecticut (LifeSiteNews) — For the tenth time, a bill to legalize assisted suicide has been defeated in Connecticut.

Bill SB 88 was defeated on April 12 after it had passed in the Connecticut Public Health Committee in March.

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New Oklahoma Law Will ‘Stop the Murder of the Unborn, ‘ Make it a Felony to Kill Babies Via Abortion

OKLAHOMA CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt “took abortion advocates by surprise” Tuesday when he signed into law a “Life at Conception” bill making it a felony to kill an unborn baby at any gestational age except in cases of “medical emergency.”

“I promised Oklahomans that I would sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk and that’s what we’re doing today,” Stitt, a Christian father of six, said Tuesday as he signed the legislation. “We want Oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the country. We want to outlaw abortion in the state of Oklahoma.”

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The Smithsonian Institute is Going Woke

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, guest host David Menzies discussed the Smithsonian Institute and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — aka, NASA — becoming increasingly woke.

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TikTok Censored Human Rights Group Over “Gay” Comment

The TikTok account of “LGBTQ+” rights group Human Rights Campaign was suspended for two days for commenting “Gay” under another user’s video showing support. The group successfully appealed the suspension.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) took to Twitter to explain that it was suspended on April 3 for a comment under a video protesting the colloquially and controversially termed “don’t say gay” law in the state of Florida. The video features a teenager driving past a “welcome to Florida” sign with people yelling “gay.”

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Waterloo School Board Refuses to Review Age-Appropriateness of K-6 Sex Books

Trustees with the Waterloo Regional District School Board (WRDSB) have voted down a motion to review whether books on sexuality in K-6 libraries are age-appropriate.

The motion floated by trustee Cindy Watson was rooted in concerns raised by parents that books at local libraries did not meet curriculum guidelines.

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Wisconsin School Celebrates ‘Fine Arts Week’ With Drag Performance by French Teacher

Wisconsin’s Middleton High School finds itself fielding questions as one of their staff members performed a cross-dressing dance number in front of students last week.

The video below shows the school’s French teacher, Matthew Kashdan, in a drag outfit lip syncing to “Rain on Me” by signers Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. What you witness below is how the faculty celebrates their Fine Arts Week.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/13/2022

  1. Double Standard for Refugees in Czechia? You bet.

    Though I find it interesting how the “Roma People” – when they are caught illegaly trading underage prostitutes in Britain – become “Czechs”, or when Canada opened up their border to the Czech Republic some time ago, and literally tens of thousands of gypsies went to Canada – to the promised land where people don’t lock their houses, can you imagine that? Yes, well, those “Canadian Gypsies” were also became “Czechs” when Canadians started to wonder where all the house robbers come from. But here – they are the “roma people”, out of a sudden!

    PS: I have nothing against the gypsies, I used to work with some, and I know they can be nice people too. But as a group, they are a source of low level criminality, thefts, frauds, and the occasional robbery. And they like to travel – en masse – like water they always flow wherever there are “more wealthy people”.

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    SCB: Sweden could have 12 million inhabitants by 2040

    Published 13 April 2022 at 11.23 in Fria Tider

    The Ukraine war has overturned SCB’s earlier projections of a Sweden with a majority population from the Third World in 2028. Now we could have 12 million inhabitants by 2040, 750,000 of whom will be from Ukraine.

    Population change
    Most Arabs, Somalis and Afghans become Swedes in 2021
    12% of Sweden’s 21-year-old men were born in Afghanistan
    Hübinette: “4 out of 10 children have a foreign background”
    Swedes flee Gothenburg – new arrivals move in
    Thousands more Afghans to Sweden – the increase is entirely men

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    Every year SCB makes a population forecast for Sweden broken down by age, gender and country of birth. Based on the figures, Fria Tider makes a population change forecast showing when people from third world countries will take over as the new majority population in Sweden.

    According to the 2021 SCB figures, this would happen in 2028, but now it turns out that the population is expected to increase by between 900,000 and 1.7 million inhabitants by 2040 according to the SCB’s new forecast, while refugee migration from Ukraine is pushing back the importance of traditional Arab and African immigration.

    However, the war makes the forecast very difficult to assess and SCB has therefore developed five different scenarios of future immigration, including people fleeing Ukraine who are now granted residence permits under the EU’s mass refugee directive.

    In the fifth scenario, the population increases by 1.7 million to 12.1 million in 2040, with 750,000 coming from Ukraine.

    However, Swedes will still be a minority in their own country and under the highest immigration scenario, this would happen as early as 2028.

    Under this scenario, however, ethnic Europeans remain in the majority somewhat longer than under previous SCB estimates, which suggested that mainly Muslim immigrants from the Third World would take over the role of the majority population in Sweden as early as 2038.

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