Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/23/2022

Mercedes has cut production at its main plant in Germany due to a shortage of parts from Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion. Meanwhile, Poland has accepted almost three million refugees from Ukraine since the crisis began.

In other news, the municipal government in Berlin is rationing water, even though there is no drought in Germany.

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

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USA
» Black Bear in Downtown Asheville is 3rd in 3 Weeks for Police
» Californian Parents Protest New Proposed COVID Vaccine Policy
» Elon Musk Wins Over Wall Street Banks for Twitter Takeover
» Elon Musk Rebuffs Bill Gates’ Philanthropy Request, Compares Photo of Gates to “Pregnant Man” EMOJI
» Florida Sheriff Promotes Gun Safety Course for Residents to Shoot Home Invaders: ‘We Prefer That You Do’
» Greg Gutfeld Jokes Fox News Could Rehire Chris Wallace ‘At a Discount’ After CNN+ Implodes
» Northwest DC Shooting: Suspected Shooter Found Dead, 4 Injured
» NYC Climate Protesters Block Intersection, Climb on Top of Subway Station
» Obama Calls for Internet Speech Regulation
» Philadelphia Flip Flops on Its Indoor Mask Mandate
» Rasmussen Poll: Most Democrats Still Believe Russia Stole 2016 Election From Hillary
» Reddit User Banned for Quoting Metallica Album
» Rhode Island No Vax, Double Tax Legislation: People Thought it Was an Internet Hoax, But it’s Real
» Sheriff That Accessed Officer’s Personal Dropbox Account Without a Warrant is Granted Immunity by Court
» Truckers Protest COVID Vaccine Mandates, Abortion Bill at Lawmaker’s Oakland Home
» U. Central Florida “Discriminatory-Harassment Policy Likely Violates the First Amendment” Rules Federal Appeals Court
» Watch: DeSantis Blasts Disney as ‘California-Based Corporation’ Seeking to ‘Overturn the Rights of Parents’ In Florida
» Wikipedia Deletes Entry for Hunter Biden Investment Firm Rosemont Seneca Partners
 
Canada
» Disquieting Death Toll: Dissecting Canada’s All-Cause Mortality
» Exclusive Docs Show RCMP Damage Control After Cops Caught Laughing at Their Own Police Brutality
» Twitter, Big Tech Have Concerns for Canadians’ Online Free Speech Rights
 
Europe and the EU
» British Daily Calling for Sanctions Against Germany
» British Forces Training Ukrainian Forces in Poland and Britain Itself: Boris
» France: Polls Put Macron and Le Pen Nearly Neck-and-Neck for Sunday’s Presidential Vote
» Germany: Berlin Municipality to Ration Drinking Water
» Global Climate Strike Marches Staged All Over Italy
» Greece Ends Weapons Shipments to Ukraine, Cites Need for Own Defence
» Italy: University Dean Suspended Over ‘Rigged’ Recruitment
» Mercedes Cuts Production Again at Flagship German Plant on Ukraine Parts Shortages
» Norway Longbow Attacker Charged With Murder Over Five Deaths
» Panicked Macron Sends in Police as Protests Erupt Ahead of Elections ‘Welcome to France!’
» Slovenia: Agriculture Minister Resigns Over Hotel Bill
» Sweden to Speed Up Report Regarding NATO Application
» UK to Ban Health Supplies From Chinese Concentration Camp Xinjiang Region Over Slave Labour
» UK: Bedworth: Three Stabbed and 10 Others Hurt in Town Centre Attack
» UK: Boris Condemns ‘Prejudice’ Against ‘Green Agenda’, Won’t Scrap Energy Taxes
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» UK Defence Intel: Russian Donbas Offensive Halted by Ukrainian Counter-Attacks
» Watch: Azov Battalion Claims Video Shows Civilians Underground Who Have Not Seen ‘Sky Nor Sun’ In Weeks
 
South Asia
» India: Islam Exposed Again as it Now Reveals How Ancient Temple Converted to Mosque in Mangaluru
 
Far East
» Pro-Censorship China Criticizes YouTube for Censoring Hong Kong Candidate
 
Australia — Pacific
» Melbourne Man Charged After Ten Greek Orthodox Churches Were Burglarised
 
Immigration
» Canada: Illegal Border Crossings Are Skyrocketing With No End in Sight
» Exclusive: Biden’s Border Operates as ‘DMV for Ukrainians, ‘ Bringing Hundreds to U.S. Every Day
» ‘Kick in the Teeth’ To British Workers: Boris Plans to Open Up More Immigration From India for Trade Deal
» Poland Accepts Over 2.9 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started
» Surge in Germans Migrating to South America to Escape Muslim Migrants at Home: BBC
» White House Continues Clandestine Migrant Flights to NYC Area
 
Culture Wars
» Exxon Bans LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter Flags From Being Displayed at Company Flagpole: Report
» ‘Get Woke, Go Broke’: Netflix Shares Plunge After Significant Drop in Subscribers
» Republicans Back Bill Protecting Women’s Sports in Schools From Biological Males
» Twitch is Accused of Sexism for Banning Phrase “I Hate Women” But Not “I Hate Men”
 

Black Bear in Downtown Asheville is 3rd in 3 Weeks for Police

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville police officers helped a black bear that had wandered into downtown Thursday afternoon by ensuring the animal had a safe space before it moved off, police said in a Facebook post Friday.

The bear, which police noted was wearing a tracking collar, crossed a street at a crosswalk and climbed a tree in the Pritchard Park area.

Police noted that it was the third time in three weeks that officers have responded to bears downtown…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Californian Parents Protest New Proposed COVID Vaccine Policy

This week, hundreds of people gathered at the Capitol building in Sacramento, California to protest pending policy in the state legislature.

While mandate and biomedical policies across the United States begin to roll back, California legislators are attempting to pass some of the most far-reaching and restrictive public health policies the country has ever seen.

Contrary to mainstream media reports, the main constituents present at the protest weren’t gun-toting, MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters, but mothers holding their children, expressing their opposition to bills that strip away their parental rights under the guise of purely technical public health policies.

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

Elon Musk Wins Over Wall Street Banks for Twitter Takeover

According to a Bloomberg report, billionaire Elon Musk, who just secured capital to back his intended Twitter takeover, pitched his vision for the Big Tech company in order to sway multiple Wall Street banks to open up their wallets.

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

Elon Musk Rebuffs Bill Gates’ Philanthropy Request, Compares Photo of Gates to “Pregnant Man” EMOJI

The beef between Bill Gates and Elon Musk appears to be very real.

Over the last 24 hours, text messages between Musk and Gates leaked on Twitter, wherein Musk declines to speak to Gates about philanthropic opportunities because Gates supposedly still has a “half billion dollar short position against Tesla”.

The leaked messages were posted by @WholeMarsBlog, a source that is known to be close to Tesla and Musk. “So apparently Bill Gates hit up @elonmusk to discuss “philanthropy on climate change” but Elon asked if he still had a half billion dollar short position on $TSLA,” the tweet reads.

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

Florida Sheriff Promotes Gun Safety Course for Residents to Shoot Home Invaders: ‘We Prefer That You Do’

A sheriff in Florida is encouraging residents to take gun safety courses after a homeowner fired multiple shots at an intruder on Wednesday, stopping the individual who allegedly broke into several homes.

Police arrested Brandon J. Harris, 32, who was arrested after allegedly breaking into several homes in Pace, Florida, and was stopped by a homeowner who fired multiple gunshots at him, according to the Pensacola Daily News.

Calls of the break-ins began to come into the sheriff’s office at around 4:30 p.m., according to police. Harris is being charged with attempted burglary with assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, attempted larceny, and several other charges.

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

Greg Gutfeld Jokes Fox News Could Rehire Chris Wallace ‘At a Discount’ After CNN+ Implodes

In a recent segment of “The Five,” host Greg Gutfeld interviewed fellow Fox News star Tucker Carlson on the truncated lifespan of CNN+, asking him on what would become of the failing streaming service’s talent—specifically, Chris Wallace.

“Now that CNN+ is defunct, has Fox Nation considered rehiring Chris Wallace?” Gutfeld asked. “We could probably get him at a discount,” the Fox personality joked. “And I’ve seen that he interviews a lot of very interesting people?”

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

Northwest DC Shooting: Suspected Shooter Found Dead, 4 Injured

WASHINGTON — Officials have announced that the suspected shooter who injured four people — including a 12-year-old girl — in Northwest is dead.

During a press conference Friday evening, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said that the gunmen “took his life” in a fifth-floor apartment located in the area of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness St., NW.

DC Police confirmed with FOX 5 that 23-year-old Raymond Spencer of Fairfax, Virginia is the deceased suspected shooter.

Chief Contee said six firearms and multiple rounds of ammo were recovered from the apartment Spencer was found in.

DC police said they received a call about a shooting at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday along the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, NW near Edmund Burke School.

DC Police respond to shooting, 4 people injured

FOX 5’s Josh Rosenthal reports live from the scene where four people were shot near a Northwest D.C. school.

There have been at least four victims located, including two women, one man, and a 12-year-old girl, according to authorities. One of the victims was a former member of DC Police. All the victims are in stable condition and expected to survive, police said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

NYC Climate Protesters Block Intersection, Climb on Top of Subway Station

Environmental activists took to the streets in New York City on Saturday and blocked traffic while holding signs and chanting for action on climate change.

The protest, organized by the group Extinction Rebellion NYC and other groups, took place near New York City’s Bryant Park at the corner of 42nd Street and 6th Avenue and was shared by the group on its official Twitter page.

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

Obama Calls for Internet Speech Regulation

In a speech delivered at Stanford University, President Barack Obama called for more censorship of social media speech. He argued that without regulation, social media will have “frightening implications.”

“People are dying because of misinformation,” Obama said.

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

Philadelphia Flip Flops on Its Indoor Mask Mandate

Philadelphia has ended its indoor mask mandate just days after reinstating it.

The Board of Health voted Thursday to rescind the mandate after “decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts.”

The mask mandate had gone into effect Monday. The city had ended its previous mask mandate on March 2.

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

Rasmussen Poll: Most Democrats Still Believe Russia Stole 2016 Election From Hillary

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports has found that most Democrats still believe the 2016 election was stolen from Hillary and that Trump only won because of interference from Russia.

Any time that Trump or anyone else questions the outcome of the 2020 election, Democrats and the media call them conspiracy theorists promoting “the Big Lie.”

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

Reddit User Banned for Quoting Metallica Album

A Reddit user was permanently banned for mentioning the title of an album by the metal band Metallica called Kill ‘Em All.

Reddit cited its rules against threatening violence.

The ban was highlighted in a post in the Metallica subreddit. The user posted a video highlighting the censorship, with screenshots showing that the account was banned for threatening violence.

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

Rhode Island No Vax, Double Tax Legislation: People Thought it Was an Internet Hoax, But it’s Real

In March 2022, we profiled Laurie Gaddis Barrett, a fearless Rhode Island mom who was making waves by challenging authority at every level:

For Barrett, fighting for parents’ rights has been transformative—and nearly a full-time job….

Rhode Island parents are leading that nationwide trend: “There really is a growing movement of parents who are awake now,” Barrett recently testified. “We figured out what’s going on in these schools during distance learning and we’re not happy with the way that it’s going. … We heard these things and we started asking questions.” And then they mobilized.

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

Sheriff That Accessed Officer’s Personal Dropbox Account Without a Warrant is Granted Immunity by Court

In Wisconsin, a federal court ruled that although the Taylor County Sheriff might have violated the Fourth Amendment of an officer by searching his Dropbox account without a warrant, the sheriff has qualified immunity given that the law is not clear that he “needed a warrant under the circumstances of the case.”

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

Truckers Protest COVID Vaccine Mandates, Abortion Bill at Lawmaker’s Oakland Home

OAKLAND — The Bay Area lawmaker who found herself the subject of a protest Friday in the city’s Rockridge neighborhood was at home when a large group of trucks and vans arrived to her street, representatives said.

East Bay Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks called law enforcement to her house for protection as about 20 drivers blasted their horns and crowded the roadway, demanding that Wicks come out to face them.

The demonstration was apparently inspired by the People’s Convoy movement in Canada, which has been led mostly by truckers who oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

According to video footage available online, many in the Oakland convoy had driven to the Bay Area from elsewhere to protest two state bills that Wicks recently proposed. One of the bills, placed on hold last month, would require employers to have their workers vaccinated against COVID-19; the other would prevent coroners from investigating stillbirths and other lost pregnancies.

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

U. Central Florida “Discriminatory-Harassment Policy Likely Violates the First Amendment” Rules Federal Appeals Court

The University of Central Florida is not a good place if free and dissident speech is your thing.

We first covered UCF for its abysmal and disgusting treatment of Professor Charles Negy in the midst of the post-George Floyd national purge and cancel frenzy.

The UCF abuse of Prof. Negy was part of another lawsuit against UCF we covered, brought by the group Speech First challenging UCF’s expansive “bias” response rule and the chilling effect on free speech, Student Lawsuit: U. Central Florida Treatment of Prof. Charles Negy Chilled Campus Free Speech.

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

Watch: DeSantis Blasts Disney as ‘California-Based Corporation’ Seeking to ‘Overturn the Rights of Parents’ In Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was invited to Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show Friday after signing a bill stripping Disney of its special self-governing status.

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

Wikipedia Deletes Entry for Hunter Biden Investment Firm Rosemont Seneca Partners

Wikipedia editors removed the entry for Rosemont Seneca Partners earlier this week on the ground that it was “not notable,” archived comments from its Talk Page reveal.

The deletion happened Wednesday. The investment company co-founded by Hunter Biden has been at the heart of numerous questions surrounding his overseas business dealings.

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

Disquieting Death Toll: Dissecting Canada’s All-Cause Mortality

All-cause mortality data for 2021 is starting to trickle out in Canada and it’s showing some concerning trends.

Accidental COVID data analyst and financial investor Kelly Brown has been a leader in analyzing official Government COVID data for the better part of two years. He began sounding the alarm bells on the post-vaccination myocarditis risk in young males and has continued this unpaid work ever since.

After discovering loopholes in the government messaging and clear indications of harm using Governments’ own data, Kelly now finds himself doing deep dives into other statistical analyses. Using data published by Canada’s national statistics office, Statistics Canada, Kelly has dissected all-cause mortality and excess mortality.

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

Exclusive Docs Show RCMP Damage Control After Cops Caught Laughing at Their Own Police Brutality

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, we looked at exclusive documents obtained by Rebel News that outline the RCMP’s attempts at damage control following leaked messages of cops bragging about trampling Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa.

Hundreds of frantic emails and messages were sent by RCMP social media teams as they sought to identify and delete any promotional postings the agency had used featuring police officers involved in the internal leaked chats.

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

Twitter, Big Tech Have Concerns for Canadians’ Online Free Speech Rights

A number of Big Tech companies have reportedly joined hundreds of concerned Canadian citizens in opposing the proposed “online harms” bill—a piece of legislation critics claim would hamper free speech and freedom of expression.

The bill would dice up online content into five prohibited categories: terrorist content, content to incite violence, hate speech, non-consensual explicit images, and child sexual exploitation content. If flagged as having content that falls into one of these categories, platforms would have up to 24 hours to remove the post.

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

British Daily Calling for Sanctions Against Germany

One of the most important daily newspapers in the UK is not impressed by Germany’s resolve to punish Russia. They want to increase the pressure on Germany to “finally” impose an import ban on Russian gas. Otherwise, Germany itself should expect sanctions.

The British Telegraph is on a post-Brexit mission: The commentary in question comes from “finance columnist” Matthew Lynn, to whom the Telegraph already gave a platform to admonish Germany at the end of March.

There, too, Lynn claimed that Germany could easily afford to stop importing Russian gas and should start doing so without further delay.

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

British Forces Training Ukrainian Forces in Poland and Britain Itself: Boris

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed that British forces are training Ukrainian forces, in both Poland and Britain itself.

Speaking during a visit to India, the Prime Minister revealed that British forces are training Ukrainians in the use of anti-aircraft missile systems in Poland, just across the border from Ukraine, and also training them in the use of armoured vehicles at home in Britain.

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

France: Polls Put Macron and Le Pen Nearly Neck-and-Neck for Sunday’s Presidential Vote

Opinion polling released just days before Sunday’s French presidential second round vote has put little distance between President Emmanuel Macron and populist challenger Marine Le Pen.

A poll released Thursday by the firm Odoxa has Macron and Le Pen just six points apart, with Macron receiving 53 per cent in the polling and Le Pen receiving 47 per cent.

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

Germany: Berlin Municipality to Ration Drinking Water

The slogan of the Greens in Germany [Grün wirkt!] can now be quite literally translated into exactly the opposite of what it promises: The increasing scarcity of resources and restrictions as a result of the self-inflicted energy crisis are casting their shadows on everyday life, as “Green works!”

With eco-conscious Berlin’s “Master Water Plan”, water consumption is now being rationed for the first time — even without a drought.

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

Global Climate Strike Marches Staged All Over Italy

World leaders told to focus on ‘people not profit’

(ANSA) — ROME, MAR 25 — Thousands of mostly young people took part in marches in many Italian cities on Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike demanding that world leaders address the environmental crisis.

There were big demonstrations in Rome, Milan, Florence, Naples, Bari and elsewhere, with protestors calling on governments to focus on ‘people not profit’.

The marches were full of colour, singing and dancing.

One activist used make-up to turn her body into a depiction of the Earth.

Some Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists dressed up in old-fashioned diving suits to highlight the problem of rising sea levels.

“We are here to protest about the inaction that the government displays with regard to the climate crisis,” Rome University student and XR activist Giorgio Speranza told ANSA at the march in the capital.

“If I could speak to the world’s leaders, I’d tell them that seeking economic growth is useless if, in 30 years’ time, there is no longer any means to obtain this economic growth.

“The climate crisis is much more dangerous than the politicians seem to notice”.

Many of the banners were hilarious.

“The Wrong Amazon is Burning,” read one.

“Tony Stark did not die so that we could destroy the planet,” said another.

“I’m sure the dinosaurs thought they had time too,” was also among the picks of the day.

Another pointed out that “we can’t recycle wasted time”.

“If you burn down our future, we’ll burn down the city,” chanted one group of students.

“It’s almost useless to spend my day at school in education to work for a future when there might not be a future at all,” Luisa Tousova, a Czech high school student who lives in Rome, told ANSA.

“Climate change is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed and the governments are failing to address it.

“Unfortunately, it has come down to the young generation to try to do something about it.

“There is a tendency to prioritize economic issues and profit, rather than measures that would lead to positive change.

“There’s a failure to focus on the largest producers of carbon, large corporations and large industries, with the idea that individuals can cause complete change through their actions, rather than taxing the wealthy, taxing carbon to actually target the largest polluters and the corporations behind climate change”. Gianni Silvestrini, the scientific director of the Kyoto Club climate network, said the “barbarous attack on Ukraine” by Russia made Friday’s marches even more significant.

“The reduction of the reliance on fossil fuels with renewables has a double value on our continent,” Silvestrini said, calling for the streamlining of regulatory frameworks to make it easier to approve renewable-energy plants.

“Clean energies do not just make a positive contribution towards accelerating the ecological transition, they also have an impact on the importation of gas from Russia”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Greece Ends Weapons Shipments to Ukraine, Cites Need for Own Defence

Greece’s Defence Minister has announced that the country, often menaced by Turkey, will no longer be shipping weapons to Ukraine, as it requires arms for its own defence needs.

Greece’s Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos stated this week that Greece has no further plans to send military equipment to Ukraine and argued that further shipments could weaken Greece’s ability to defend its own interests, particularly regarding islands in the Aegean Sea.

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

Italy: University Dean Suspended Over ‘Rigged’ Recruitment

Complaint by researcher who missed out on post sparked probe

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 21 — Finance police in Reggio Calabria on Thursday executed warrants to suspend eight people in relation to alleged rigged recruitment contests for posts at the southern city’s Università Mediterranea, including the dean, Santo Marcello Zimbone, sources said.

In total 23 people are under investigation in relation to alleged wrongdoing at the university between 2014 and 2020, the sources said.

Zimbone has been suspended for 10 months while his predecessor and current deputy Pasquale Catanoso was suspended for 12 months.

Four lecturers and two other university employees were suspended for periods of two to six months.

Police started investigating after a candidate who missed out on a research position filed a complaint.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Mercedes Cuts Production Again at Flagship German Plant on Ukraine Parts Shortages

Mercedes said the factory, which builds the flagship S-Class and EQS sedans, is continuing to operate despite parts shortages.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Norway Longbow Attacker Charged With Murder Over Five Deaths

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man who killed five people and wounded four others in southern Norway last year when he attacked strangers with a bow and arrows and knives was charged Friday with murder and attempted murder. He is scheduled to stand trial next month.

The suspect, Espen Andersen Bråthen, has confessed to the killings. The five victims were fatally stabbed. He faces 11 counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at people with a bow and arrows in Kongsberg, a former mining town of 26,000 people.

[Comment: The article states that, “Police Confirm Suspected Bow and Arrow Killer a Convert to Islam, Flagged for Radicalisation”]

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

Panicked Macron Sends in Police as Protests Erupt Ahead of Elections ‘Welcome to France!’

EMMANUEL MACRON ordered hundreds of riot police onto the streets as angry demonstrators gathered on the eve of France’s presidential election.

Protestors flocked to Paris ahead of Sunday’s Presidential election showdown between President Emmanuel Macron and his right-wing opponent Marine Le Pen. Riot police have been deployed to maintain order in France’s capital city as demonstrators chant and brandish banners expressing their discontent with President Macron’s record in power.

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

Slovenia: Agriculture Minister Resigns Over Hotel Bill

Podgorsek was in charge since 2020

(ANSA) — BELGRADE, APR 20 — The Slovenian Agriculture Minister Joze Podgorsek resigned today over a payment of a weekend stay at an upscale hotel in Bohinj in January, the Slovenian news agency STA reported on Wednesday.

The Slovenian media portal Necenzurirano reported that Podgorsek and his wife stayed at the hotel, owned by a Slovenian businessman, but did not pay a 800-euro bill, doing so only after being asked for comment this month. Necenzurirano “suggested the payment of the bill may have to do with KÅ1/2K, a company which owns farmland in Gorenjska and was until 2019 partly controlled by the hotel owner, who has since severed all formal ties with it”, STA wrote today. “I am resigning exclusively due to the late payment of the bill,” Podgorsek said today, quoted by STA.

Podgorsek, 48 years old, was named Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food in 2020 after holding the position of State Secretary in the same ministry.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Sweden to Speed Up Report Regarding NATO Application

The Swedish government has announced it will be speeding up its decision on whether or not to apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) by releasing a report on the topic two weeks earlier than expected.

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde, stated on Thursday that a report on NATO membership will be released on May 13th, rather than the 31st as initially planned, speeding up any possible decision for the country to apply to join the military alliance.

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

UK to Ban Health Supplies From Chinese Concentration Camp Xinjiang Region Over Slave Labour

The British parliament is set to ban the country’s socialised healthcare system from purchasing supplies and medical equipment from the concentration camp Chinese region of Xinjiang.

In an amendment tabled by the government to the upcoming Health and Social Care Bill, the National Health Service (NHS) will be barred from buying materials produced by or involving the use of modern slavery, as has been credibly and frequently alleged of the Xinjiang region of Communist China.

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

UK: Bedworth: Three Stabbed and 10 Others Hurt in Town Centre Attack

Two men and a woman have been stabbed and at least 10 other people injured in a town centre.

Officers were called at about 08:00 BST to reports of people being assaulted in Bedworth, Warwickshire, on Coventry Road and Gilbert Close.

One of the men who was stabbed, aged in his 20s, is in a stable condition in hospital.

A 33-year-old man, from Bedworth, has been arrested and remains in custody, the force said.

It added he would undergo a mental health assessment and officers were not looking for any other suspects.

The other two stab victims have been discharged from hospital after treatment; the other victims all suffered minor injuries.

One woman told the BBC she was woken up by loud bangs on her front door and, when she answered, a man punched her twice and stabbed her in the throat with a pair of scissors.

A neighbour, Sheila Corcoran, said the attacks had made her feel unsafe: “You are always going to think now, is somebody going to come and bang the door?”…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Boris Condemns ‘Prejudice’ Against ‘Green Agenda’, Won’t Scrap Energy Taxes

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lashed out against “prejudice” against his leftist green agenda among members of his own Conservative Party, and shot down proposals to lift of taxes on energy bills.

Prime Minister Johnson, who is currently facing calls from top Tories over the seemingly endless scandal surrounding “partygate”, threw cold water on earlier reports of the government looking at scrapping the household energy taxes which subsidise so-called green energy projects, which might have seen an uplift in his grassroots support.

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

Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Russia had its sights set on other European countries if its troops push past Ukrainian forces trying to hold back a renewed Russian offensive in the south and east of the country.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are due to visit Ukraine on Sunday, Mr. Zelensky said.
  • Ukraine is making another attempt to evacuate women, children and elderly residents from the port city of Mariupol.
  • Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian port city of Odessa on Saturday, killing at least eight people.

Russia: Authorities in recent days stopped publishing data on government debt, trade statistics and oil production, as part of an effort to protect the economy and domestic companies from further sanctions by the West. A commanding officer in the Russian army accused of involvement in the killing of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha has, by all available evidence, been promoted to the rank of colonel from lieutenant colonel.

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

UK Defence Intel: Russian Donbas Offensive Halted by Ukrainian Counter-Attacks

Russian forces are continuing to apply pressure in the Donbas following their switch in focus from the Kyiv (Kiev) region to Ukraine’s east and south, but British defence officials say counter-attacks are frustrating their progress.

“Despite increased activity, Russian forces have made no major gains in the last 24 hours as Ukrainian counter-attacks continue to hinder their efforts,” the NATO member’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) asserted in a social media post on Saturday.

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

Watch: Azov Battalion Claims Video Shows Civilians Underground Who Have Not Seen ‘Sky Nor Sun’ In Weeks

The controversial Azov Battalion has released a video which it says shows its fighters in Mariupol, which Russia claims to have “liberated”, underground with sheltering civilians.

Uploaded to the Azov Battalion’s YouTube channel and shared by the National Guard of Ukraine — which incorporates the battalion — on its verified Twitter account, the video purportedly shows Azov fighters distributing supplies to civilians holed up underneath the Azovstal steelworks complex, which remains under Ukrainian control.

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

India: Islam Exposed Again as it Now Reveals How Ancient Temple Converted to Mosque in Mangaluru

Court orders restraint of dismantling ‘ancient temple’ structure behind mosque renovation site in Malali, denies entry.

B Upendran | HENB | Mangaluru | April 23, 2022:: A day after Dakshina Kannada district administration stalled the renovation work of a mosque in Malali on the outskirts of Mangaluru, a local resident managed to get a court stay on any work or entry inside a structure that was found behind the mosque.

Dhananjay, a resident of Ganjimatt has gone to court seeking protection from the structure found behind the mosque. The Mangaluru court took up the matter and ordered the dismantling or damage of the structure till the next date of hearing.

Remnants of a structure resembling temple is unearthed at the Malali Market Mosque, falling under Ganjimath gram panchayat limits. This has caused curiosity among the locals and other people who are thronging to see the structure.

The mosque’s renovation work is in progress since some days. Some part of the mosque is already demolished. Around mid-day on Thursday April 21, public could see the remains of a temple. This matter went viral within no time and scores of people, Hindu organizations rushed to the spot. However, police denied entry to public since the afternoon to prevent any untoward incident…

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Pro-Censorship China Criticizes YouTube for Censoring Hong Kong Candidate

Chinese officials have blasted YouTube for removing the channel of Hong Kong’s next chief executive John Lee. The officials accused YouTube of interfering with the internal affairs of the country.

In compliance with sanctions imposed on Chinese and Hong Kong officials over the enforcement of the national security law on the island, Google removed the channel of Lee, the sole candidate for the Hong Kong chief executive seat.

China has responded by criticizing YouTube, arguing it is being used as a political tool by the US, which has the “malicious” intention to “disrupt” the upcoming election in Hong Kong.

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Melbourne Man Charged After Ten Greek Orthodox Churches Were Burglarised

A man has been charged by the Moonee Valley Crime Investigation Unit detectives following a series of church burglaries across Melbourne this month.

It is alleged the burglaries took place at places of worship in Altona North, St Albans, Flemington, Templestowe, Mont Albert, Balwyn North, Keilor East, Box Hill and South Melbourne between 4-18 April, Victoria Police said in a statement.

However, ten Greek Orthodox churches across Melbourne alone were targeted in a string of robberies on Easter Sunday, with a man caught on CCTV prying open one door with a pitchfork.

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Canada: Illegal Border Crossings Are Skyrocketing With No End in Sight

Immigration has always been beneficial to a country in many ways, but only when it’s well managed. In Canada, over the past few years, illegal immigration has been increasing and the federal government does not seem to care enough to address the problem.

Between November 2021 and February 2022, according to the Ministry of Health, 7,242 people crossed the border illegally at Roxham Road, the highest rate of illegal entries in the country to date. Of these, it was also reported 60% were not vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s at this dead-end street that can be observed the best example of a double standard. Canadian citizens are not allowed to return or even leave Canada if they are not considered fully immunized.

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

Exclusive: Biden’s Border Operates as ‘DMV for Ukrainians, ‘ Bringing Hundreds to U.S. Every Day

SAN DIEGO, California — The United States-Mexico border, under President Joe Biden’s direction, is currently operating like a “DMV for Ukrainians,” a source told Breitbart News, as hundreds are paroled into the U.S. interior on a daily basis.

Since mid-March, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, California, has processed at least 17,000 Ukrainians and sent them on their way into the U.S. interior via one-year parole and potentially more immigration benefits.

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

‘Kick in the Teeth’ To British Workers: Boris Plans to Open Up More Immigration From India for Trade Deal

Boris Johnson’s plan to open up the doors of immigration to the Indian subcontinent in exchange for a trade deal has been described as a “kick in the teeth” to the British worker and a handout to big business interests.

Travelling to the former British colony on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he is hoping to ink a post-Brexit trade deal with India by “the end of the year”.

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

Poland Accepts Over 2.9 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, a total of 2,922,000 people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) said on Saturday morning.

According to the SG, on Friday, Border Guard officers carried out around 17,700 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, a drop of 11 percent compared to the previous day.

The Border Guard also said that the number of arrivals by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday had reached 4,000 people.

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

Surge in Germans Migrating to South America to Escape Muslim Migrants at Home: BBC

Paraguay is seeing a surge in German migrants, fleeing Islamic migrants in their own country and onerous coronavirus restrictions.

“We have a problem in Germany with Muslims,” said one of the exiles, adding: “Islam and vaccinations are big, big problems in this world.”

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

White House Continues Clandestine Migrant Flights to NYC Area

A plane full of migrants was unloaded and dispersed to various locations in the New York City area Friday night under cover of darkness, the latest in a series of clandestine flights authorized by the White House.

The flights resumed earlier this month after a Post exposé led to their suspension last year.

On Friday, the Post watched as a group of migrants disembarked from an iAero Airways flight from Jacksonville, Fla. that landed at Westchester County Airport at 9:48 p.m.

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

Exxon Bans LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter Flags From Being Displayed at Company Flagpole: Report

Exxon is banning the LGBTQ pride flag from being flown outside its Houston corporate office during pride month in June.

The company updated guidance on acceptable flags which can be displayed outside offices, which included banning “external position flags,” including the pride flag and Black Lives Matter flag, according to the new policy obtained by Bloomberg News.

The rule does permit a flag representing an LGBTQ employees’ group to be flown, but it can’t prominently display the Exxon corporate logo, according to the report.

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

‘Get Woke, Go Broke’: Netflix Shares Plunge After Significant Drop in Subscribers

Netflix shares plunged more than 35% this past week as the company revealed its customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the first quarter of 2022.

On a recent Rebel News DAILY Livestream, Andrew Chapados and Lewis Brackpool discussed the latest wave of wokeness from the streaming giant that they believe is directly linked to the company’s losses.

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

Republicans Back Bill Protecting Women’s Sports in Schools From Biological Males

H.R. 426, more commonly known as the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, has received the support of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), backing the legislation Friday that would prohibit schools that receive federal funds from allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports.

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

Twitch is Accused of Sexism for Banning Phrase “I Hate Women” But Not “I Hate Men”

Twitch is accused of double standards for allowing hateful language against men. Users discovered that the platform allows “i hate men” but blocks “i hate women.”

Earlier this week, Twitch streamer “shirahiko” posted two screenshots on Twitter to expose Twitch’s sexism against men. Per the screenshots, attempting to publish a stream with the title “I hate women,” Twitch blocks it for violating its “moderation policy.”

The same does not happen when users attempt to type the title “I hate men.”

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

11 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/23/2022

  1. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Russian Federation allowed to indicate the nationality of criminals in the media

    “The government refers to the already existing norms of the media law. According to the government, the existing legal norms are sufficient to ensure a balanced and objective dissemination of information about the nationality and religion of certain individuals,” the government said in a response.

    Earlier, the Chechen Parliament submitted to the State Duma a draft law on a ban on mentioning the nationality of criminals in the media. This happened after the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, criticized the Russian media for the fact that, according to Kadyrov, they intend to focus on the crimes committed by the inhabitants of the Caucasus, writes the National News Service.

    https://ura.news/news/1052548062

  2. New EU law to stifle alternative media online
    Published 23 April 2022 at 14.38 in Fria Tider

    With new rules, the EU wants to force IT giants to remove criticism of those in power, criticism of immigration policy and criticism of EU countries’ coronary restrictions from the internet. However, the whole thing is being launched as a law against “hate speech and disinformation”, reports AP.

    The legislative package, called the Digital Services Act (DSA), was adopted overnight after an agreement between the Commission and the EU parliament, reports Ekot on Swedish Radio.

    The package builds on a 2020 report on combating “disinformation” and “propaganda”, i.e. criticism of EU governments and their policies, when it appears in digital media.

    According to the report, the combination of alternative media and social media poses a threat to the fundamental rights of EU citizens.

    “The massive dissemination of news from various sources that are difficult to verify and the increasing role played by social media and messaging services negatively affect the fundamental rights of EU citizens,” the European Parliament writes in the report.

    The report also states that “the European Parliament condemns conspiracy theories” aimed at discrediting the EU and its activities, and that, for example, critical journalism on EU countries’ coronary restrictions could ultimately lead to right-wing extremism and racism:

    “Underlines, in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, that misinformation and sensationalist media reports on the pandemic have also been used by right-wing extremist and populist groups and politicians to attack minority groups and contribute to anti-immigration rhetoric, leading to increased instances of racist and xenophobic hate speech and discrimination.”

    Greater protections for those in power and tougher demands on the big IT giants to limit the spread of alternative journalism are now planned. That’s the idea behind the new “rules of the game” on the internet agreed by the European Parliament and EU countries last night.

    The rules aim to remove what they call “hate speech” and “disinformation” from the internet, i.e. information that in various ways questions the exercise of power in the EU, and in particular in the areas of immigration and corruption. The protection of women in power is considered particularly important.

    “Women in public roles, including politicians, journalists and activists fighting for the rights of women and sexual minorities, are increasingly becoming a primary target for cyberbullying and online violence,” the report says, among other things.

    To help Member States enforce the new legislation, the EU has set up a new body, the “European Digital Media Observatory”, to help authorities and policy-makers in Member States identify “disinformation” and “hate speech”.

  3. Today is Easter for Orthodox Christians.
    What a blessing that I am not one of them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYX7WVawGlw

    Do not kill, but if you did kill,
    Then let’s build a temple among the graves
    How much are words and ritual for dead bodies,
    I didn’t steal, I just took what I wanted!

    Spread the bright news wider –
    Heart torn out, cold as ice
    In gold in a doomed world
    Russian Christ is coming! Russian Christ is coming!

    Until thirty I guarded the hypermarket,
    Now my chest is filled with pride,
    Bless – “Russian Spring” will explode,
    We are all covered in blood, our justification is war!

    To all commanders in a new apartment,
    A crying mother gets a zinc coffin
    In gold, in an unsaved world,
    Russian Christ is coming! Russian Christ is coming!

    People are fair – because they danced in the temple
    To cut firewood you will go to a logging site,
    Such [ordure] is never forgiven here,
    Repost click – and the stage to Magadan!

    Themis sews quilted jackets in Siberia,
    Stupid, but, however, a funny anecdote,
    In gold through the unforgiven world
    Russian Christ is coming! Yes!
    Russian Christ is coming! Russian Christ is coming!
    Russian Christ is coming!

  4. The Norway bow and arrow killer (convert to Islam, “radicalised”) who stabbed five to death was described by three forensic psychiatric experts as having “a strongly deviant state of mind…”.
    Are they, and Norway police, aware of Islam’s instructions to kill?
    It is much more likely that the killer had a strongly compliant state of mind.

    Memo to Norway police and psychiatric assessors:

    The texts they recite instruct them to ambush and kill us.
    We are their enemy: this is their “Realm of War”.

    https://gatesofvienna.net/2021/02/here-and-round-us/

  5. Sweden’s destruction was planned

    The recent war-like incidents in Sweden are now also attracting international attention. This is not strange, because when you see police officers who have to flee for their lives and others being injured while a violent mob is burning their cars, it is an expression of a social upheaval. The Swedish state no longer possesses the monopoly of violence that is among a state’s defining pillars. Or to put it another way: a state without a monopoly of violence is not a state, but at most a war zone, where various violent groups are fighting for power. And that is how Sweden is today. For the time being, it is Muslim formations against the remnants of the Swedish state power. Later, a showdown between different Muslim factions is invited, as we see in several countries with a Mohammedan majority. It is possible that segments of the indigenous population will defend themselves, but there is no indication that the Swedes are ready for that.

    How can one put a country out of control in just a few decades? Why did it get there? The answer is that it was planned. This is how the ruling elites wanted it – obviously because they thought it would be easier to control a population divided into incompatible segments and without a common culture.
    As the Dutch legal philosopher Eva Vlaardingerbroek puts it in an interview on Fox News, Sweden’s dissolution is a “direct result of mass immigration”. “These riots happen very often. There are dozens of Swedish areas where the police have largely lost all control. And that without burning Korans. There is a very simple reason for this – probably up to 80 per cent. of the migrants come from radically different cultures, primarily from Africa and the Middle East. ”
    These new immigrants do not respect Swedish culture or Western customs in general, but, Vlaardingerbroek adds: In many cases, Westerners also have no respect for their own culture and their own customs.
    “I put the blame on the left-wing elites who have allowed this to happen… by letting these people enter our countries in large numbers. And they knew that this would happen because it was all part of their plan to destroy our social cohesion and destroy our identity and our society, ”concludes Eva Vlaardingerbroek.
    It must be said that the mission has succeeded.

    https://www.document.dk/2022/04/23/sveriges-oedelaeggelse-var-planlagt/

    • I still don’t understand how the elites think they could control such a situation where hordes of incompatible and violent orcs run amok, fight the police, and each other for control vs a homogeneous population of feminized and meek European Eloi.

      Such foolish elites seem to be forgetting that in this new story which they are presently writing, they are to be the new Eloi once the Morlocks have finished consolidating their power and butchered the old inhabitants.

      • And I ask myself what is the difference to the south american countries? There the police is also under fire from criminal organisations (no, they oppose the state so I make no difference WHY they oppose) and they went Black Ops, Deathsquads.

        Why not in Europe or USA?
        Is it because the surveillance (cameras, smartphones) is better?

      • Because these bloody fools really think that they will rule in the end, they could not be more wrong, for they don’t understand how violence will be the coin of the realm soon.

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