Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/25/2022

Elon Musk officially acquired Twitter today, paying a premium to shareholders to gain control of the company. Many of Twitter’s employees are reportedly emotionally upset at the turn of events.

In other news, a woman in Memphis stabbed her husband to death after the two argued over the taste of his coffee.

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

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USA
» A Look at How Gov. Glenn Youngkin is Banning ‘Critical Race Theory’ In Schools
» Adult, Child Killed in Stabbing, 3 Others Injured
» Ahead of Election, DeSantis Approval Nears 60 Percent
» Arizona Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Aimed at Disqualifying Reps. Gosar, Biggs
» Biden’s Visit to Auburn Prompts Crowds, Protests, And a Little Bit of Everything
» Biden Admin Preparing to Tackle ‘Misinformation’ Following Musk’s Twitter Acquisition
» Big Tech Monopolies Are Good for National Security, Former Intelligence Officials Say
» Climate Activists Chain Themselves to Wells Fargo Wagon in Downtown SF to Protest Fossil Fuel Investment
» DeSantis Signs Elections Bill Creating Fraud Squad, Making Changes Affecting Voters
» Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Admits Trump Would Have Prevented War
» Gov. DeSantis Hails Elon Musk Twitter Buyout as a ‘Good Deal’
» Grove City College Rejects ‘Wokeness, ‘ CRT in New Report
» John Durham Issues Trial Subpoenas to Members of Clinton Campaign, DNC
» Left-Wing Group Demands Apple Preemptively Nuke TRUTH Social
» Police: Woman Stabbed Husband to Death After Argument Over Coffee
» Poll: Majority Believe Joe Biden Not Fit for Presidency, Doubt Mental Ability
» ‘Reinstate Trump’ Trends on Twitter After Elon Musk Reaches Deal With Platform
» Sheriff’s Office Releases All Files Relating to Ongoing Rust Movie Investigation
» The TSA Has a Biometrics Roadmap
» Trump-Backed Republicans Defeat Establishment Candidates in Michigan
» Trump Says He Will Not be Returning to Twitter, Opts for TRUTH Social Instead
» Trump: Prince Harry ‘An Embarrassment’ For Turning His Back on Family
» Twitter Board Folds — “Unanimously Approves” Musk Taking Firm Private for $44 Billion
» Twitter Employees Go ‘Absolutely Insane’ After Elon Musk Buys Company
» Twitter Enters ‘Period of Uncertainty’ After Musk Buyout: CEO to Staff
» US Food Production Threatened by Mysterious Fires in Meat Plants
 
Canada
» “Totally Unfair” — Wheat Farmers Blast Trudeau Government Over Carbon Tax
» Feds Refuse to Disclose Justification for Emergencies Act
» Ottawa Police Ban “Vehicle-Based” Protests, Including Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Convoy
» Retribution for COVID Defiance? Edmonton-Area Diner/Garden Centre Banned From Opening Greenhouse
» The Charter Didn’t Stop Canada’s COVID Slide Towards Tyranny
» Trudeau Traveled 50,000 Km by Plane in Past 7 Weeks to Talk Carbon Emissions
» Walmart Says Adios to Plastic, But Only Plastic Bags
 
Europe and the EU
» Four People Have Been Stabbed to Death in a House in South-East London.
» France: Paris Police Shoot Dead Two During Night of Macron Reelection Protests
» France: Elderly Woman Brutally Attacked While Feeding Birds in Park
» France: Sea-Change: Le Pen Wins Big Among Working Class, Big Share of Millennial Vote
» French Presidential Election Poll: 85 Per Cent of Muslims Voted to Keep Macron in Power
» German FM in Self-Destruction Mode
» Germany Secretly Wants a Russian Victory in Ukraine, Argues Prominent Professor
» Is Hungary Being Targeted With Bomb Threats Over Its Refusal to Ship Arms to Ukraine?
» Italy: Prisoner Abducted: Raped by Fellow Inmates
» Janez Jansa: Slovenia Votes Out Pro-Trump Populist
» Liberals Praise Macron Victory, Including Czech and Slovak Leaders
» Over 60% of French Voters Against Macron Securing Majority in Parliament This Summer, Poll Reveals
» Polish Billboard Campaign ‘Stop Russia Now!’ Set for Western Europe
» Scientists Discover Heart Inflammation More Prevalent Among Vaccinated Than Unvaccinated: Study
» Teens Targeted in Slew of Violent Robberies, Stabbings Across Sweden
» UK: Enter Poverty to ‘Support Ukraine’
» UK: Global Food Crisis: Expert Warns of Shortages Amid Spiraling Costs for Farmers
» UK: Tyre Extinguishers Strike Again, Targeting SUVs in Wealthy London Areas
 
Middle East
» Iraq: Church Holds Service for First Time After ISIS Desecrated it 8 Years Ago
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
 
South Asia
» Hindu Party in India Wants to Reject Muslims Name of Villages as a Symbol of Slavery
 
Far East
» Harvard Astrophysicist Says Alien-Tech Crashed Into the Pacific Ocean, And Now He Wants to Recover it
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Nigeria Rolls Out Mandatory Digital Identity Following Bill Gates Funding in West Africa
 
Latin America
» Brazil: Left Seeks to Strip Bolsonaro’s Pardon Powers After Freeing Congressman Jailed for YouTube Video
 
Immigration
» Germany’s Migrant Population Places Major Burden on Healthcare System and State Budgets
» In “Huge Win for Border Security”, Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Admin From Lifting ‘Title 42’
» Irish Natives Shoved Aside as Government Moves to Buy Homes for Refugees
» Just 2% of Channel Migrants Are Set to be Sent to Rwanda: Fewer Than Two Hundred a Year Are Expected to Qualify for Scheme — and Thousands Could End Up in UK Prisons Instead
» Somali Migrant Who Screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ While Stabbing 3 German Women to Death Will Avoid Prison
 
Culture Wars
» Canada: University of Waterloo Says Only ‘Women, Transgender, Non-Binary, Or Two-Spirit’ Individuals Qualify for Tenured Board Position
» Designer Accused of Child Abuse After Selling Underpants to ‘Flatten and Tuck’ Genitals of Boys as Young as 4
» Illinois School District Forces Radical LGBT Ideology on Preschoolers as Young as 3
» NY Post Journalists Forced to Take Gender Identity and Sexual Harassment Training by New York City
» Report: Google Rolls Out Feature That Corrects You With Woke ‘Inclusive’ Language
» SCOTUS to Hear Case of High School Football Coach Fired for Praying on the Field
 

A Look at How Gov. Glenn Youngkin is Banning ‘Critical Race Theory’ In Schools

ARLINGTON, V.a. (7News) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is facing a lawsuit from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press after the Youngkin administration wouldn’t release certain documents on how the Republican governor instructed his departments to carry out his executive orders.

Last week, the Virginia Department of Education decided to release a memo that was being sought in the lawsuit. Some of the information in the memo is public information, but other information was not, until now.

The memo released by the VDOE details a high-level set of instructions to state departments as they implement Youngkin’s flurry of day one executive orders.

In the newly released memo, there is a long list of instructions focused on removing ideas and concepts related to critical race theory in public schools, stemming from the governor’s first executive order.

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

Adult, Child Killed in Stabbing, 3 Others Injured

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An adult and a child were killed and three others were injured in a stabbing at a home in Memphis, Tennessee, police said.

First responders found the victims early Saturday and pronounced one adult dead at the scene, Memphis Police tweeted. A child was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there, police said. Three other victims were taken to a hospital in critical condition, police told news outlets.

The victims identified their attacker as Leaudre Isabell, WMC-TV reported, citing a police affidavit.

Isabell, 23, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the case, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Ahead of Election, DeSantis Approval Nears 60 Percent

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval rating reached a new high at 59 percent, according to a poll conducted by the St. Leo University Polling Institute, a three-point increase from the last approval rating poll conducted last fall.

DeSantis’ rating received a boost after the governor took stances on topics like Critical Race Theory, parental rights, and child welfare, receiving support across the state and the nation at large.

The poll shows that more than half of respondents (59 percent) say they approve of the job Governor Ron DeSantis is doing, while 37 percent disapprove. 4 percent responded that they are unsure.

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

Arizona Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Aimed at Disqualifying Reps. Gosar, Biggs

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

An Arizona judge has tossed lawsuits that attempted to disqualify Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) from holding office.

The suits, which also took aim at state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican, failed because the U.S. Constitution does not provide for private action to enforce Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury ruled.

The section, known as the Disqualification Clause, says that no person shall hold a federal office if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the government.

Two groups linked to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-described socialist, filed the complaints, claiming that Gosar, Biggs, and Finchem violated the clause because they “helped facilitate” the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.

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

Biden’s Visit to Auburn Prompts Crowds, Protests, And a Little Bit of Everything

President Joe Biden made a stop at the Green River College in Auburn on April 22 during his two-day visit to Washington and Oregon last week, prompting crowds of curious bystanders and passionate protesters while the commander in chief spoke with students and elected officials inside.

The scene along 124th Ave. SE, through which Biden’s motorcade travelled to reach the school, was a cacophony of democracy. Eager critics of the president — many flying pro-Trump flags or chanting the euphemistic “Let’s Go Brandon!” slogan — stood across the street or mixed in with throngs of students and local residents, keen to catch a rare glimpse of the president’s arrival. At one point, members of the Biden protesters unfurled a massive “Trump won” banner.

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

Biden Admin Preparing to Tackle ‘Misinformation’ Following Musk’s Twitter Acquisition

The Biden White House is prepared to crackdown on “misinformation,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says.

Psaki made her remarks following Twitter’s announcement on Monday that it had come to an agreement with Elon Musk to sell the company for $44 billion, which prompted a massive outcry from outraged liberals.

Speaking to the press gallery on Monday, the Biden spokesperson responded to remarks put forth by the press, who relayed the U.S. Surgeon General’s statement that misinformation about COVID-19 “amounts to a public health crisis.”

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

Big Tech Monopolies Are Good for National Security, Former Intelligence Officials Say

Big Tech, its lobbyists and allies, have come up with yet another, opportunistic given the current geopolitical situation, “argument” as these corporate behemoths fight to prevent any legislation that would limit their already vast and growing power.

And the argument is that Big Tech serves US foreign policy as an important asset, essentially by means of providing wide-reaching censorship, and needs to be preserved just the way it is: with its monopolistic power not restricted with new laws, and that means no breaking up of these companies into parts that would render their stranglehold on the market weaker, nor passing any meaningful new regulation.

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

Climate Activists Chain Themselves to Wells Fargo Wagon in Downtown SF to Protest Fossil Fuel Investment

Holding signs saying things like “Tell Wells Fargo: Stop Funding Climate Change,” a group of climate activists has revived the era of downtown climate protests in San Francisco Monday morning.

Twenty activists from the Oil & Gas Action Network chained themselves Monday to the historic Wells Fargo stagecoach at Wells Fargo headquarters at 420 Montgomery Street.

A woman named Claire informed SFist of the protest Monday morning, saying that the activists were conducting this action “to protest Wells’ continuing financial support of fossil fuel projects around the world.”

“We’re gonna stay until they arrest us,” Claire said.

The group tweeted that they were protesting today ahead of a Wells Fargo shareholder meeting tomorrow, and one of their signs says “Pass Shareholder Res. #9,” which must have to do with fossil fuel investment and climate change.

That same sign has the unfortunate misspelling, “Your ending all life.”

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

DeSantis Signs Elections Bill Creating Fraud Squad, Making Changes Affecting Voters

Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Legislature to create an office within the executive branch that would have the power to investigate and enforce election-related crimes.

Republican leaders took his idea, scaled it back and delivered a bill the governor signed into law on Monday.

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

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Admits Trump Would Have Prevented War

Marie Yovanovitch, the former US Ambassador to Ukraine, let slip during an interview that Trump would have prevented war in Ukraine via diplomacy, but then absurdly asserted that would have been a bad thing.

Yovanovitch, who testified against Trump during his 2019 impeachment trial, made the remarks during an interview with PBS this past weekend.

The former ambassador was asked by host Margaret Hoover about her previous claim that Russia’s invasion “never would have happened in the Trump administration.”

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

Gov. DeSantis Hails Elon Musk Twitter Buyout as a ‘Good Deal’

The Governor says Musk may end ‘narrative enforcement’ on the platform.

Conservatives from coast to coast are hailing Elon Musk as he buys Twitter, and Gov. Ron DeSantis is no exception.

In a tweet Monday, DeSantis said the offer “is a good deal for shareholders and raises the prospect that the platform will be a place where free speech can thrive, not a tool for narrative enforcement.”

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

Grove City College Rejects ‘Wokeness, ‘ CRT in New Report

(RNS) — Grove City College insists it’s not “going woke.” A new report from the conservative Christian college in Pennsylvania denounced school-sponsored courses and trainings they say promoted “CRT concepts” and characterized inviting historian Jemar Tisby to speak at a 2020 chapel service as a “mistake.”

“Grove City College has not changed,” a committee composed largely of Grove City board members said in the report released last week. “It remains a Christ-centered, conservative institution.”

The report, a product of the committee’s assignment to ascertain any “mission drift” at the college, recommends re-adding the word “conservative” to the school’s mission statement after it was removed in 2021 and lists “remedial actions” to curb the promotion of critical race theory at the school. These actions include replacing an education course accused of promoting “pop-CRT,” rebranding the school’s Office of Multicultural Education and Initiatives and exercising increased scrutiny of guest speakers and student trainings.

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

John Durham Issues Trial Subpoenas to Members of Clinton Campaign, DNC

Authored by Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Special counsel John Durham has issued trial subpoenas for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Fusion GPS, and Perkins Coie as he continues to prosecute his findings as special counsel, from which he charged cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann, who in 2016 represented the Clinton campaign, with lying to the FBI.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, the DNC, Washington-based private intelligence firm Fusion GPS, and law firm Perkins Coie, Sussmann’s former employer, meanwhile, are trying to fend off Durham’s efforts to compel them to hand over previously withheld documents.

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

Left-Wing Group Demands Apple Preemptively Nuke TRUTH Social

A left-wing government watchdog group with a dubious history is demanding Apple engage in mass preemptive censorship with the removal of a free-speech-branded alternative to Twitter from its app store.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a four-page letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday urging the American tech executive to nuke former President Donald Trump’s new platform, Truth Social, from its digital marketplace despite no violations of company guidelines.

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

Police: Woman Stabbed Husband to Death After Argument Over Coffee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman is facing murder charges after police said she stabbed her husband to death after an argument over coffee.

Police told WHBQ they were called to a Memphis home on April 24, where they found a man who had been stabbed multiple times.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim told police he and his wife had gotten into an argument over the taste of his coffee, after which his wife went to the laundry room and tried to drink bleach, WHBQ reported.

Police said that when the victim tried to stop his wife from hurting herself, she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him multiple times, according to the affidavit obtained by WHBQ.

The victim died at the hospital.

Police arrested the man’s wife, Sheila Downey, when she returned home. She allegedly told police that after arguing with her husband, she went for a drive and then returned, WHBQ reported.

Downey is being held without bond on first-degree murder charges, according to records from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Poll: Majority Believe Joe Biden Not Fit for Presidency, Doubt Mental Ability

A majority of voters believe President Joe Biden is not fit to be president and doubt his mental ability, a Monday Harris poll revealed.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they had “doubts” about Biden’s mental ability. Sixty-two percent said Biden is not fit to be president because he is too old.

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

‘Reinstate Trump’ Trends on Twitter After Elon Musk Reaches Deal With Platform

Voices across Twitter are calling for the reinstatement of former President Donald Trump’s account, following the purchase of the platform by Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Just as news was leaked that Musk and Twitter had reached a deal in his takeover bid to buy the platform, “reinstate Trump” began trending on Twitter. Trump was suspended on January 7, 2020.

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

Sheriff’s Office Releases All Files Relating to Ongoing Rust Movie Investigation

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s office has released all files relating to the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of movie Rust.

The files contain all evidence in the case including camera footage from detectives, incident reports, crime scene photos and witness interviews collected during the investigation.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said various components of the investigation “remain outstanding” including FBI firearm and ballistic forensics as well as analysis of actor Alec Baldwin’s phone data.

It comes after a report into the incident found the film’s production company “knew that firearm safety procedures were not being followed on set” and “demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety”.

Rust Movie Productions was fined 136,793 US dollars (£104,810), the maximum allowable by state law in New Mexico, following a six-month investigation by the state’s environment department.

“Today the sheriff’s office is releasing all files associated with our ongoing investigation,” said Mr Mendoza on Monday.

“The files are all related to the Rust movie set investigation and include lapel/dash camera footage from deputies and detectives, incident reports, crime scene photos, examination reports, witness interviews, set video and staff photos collected throughout the course of this investigation.

He added: “Various components of the investigation remain outstanding including, FBI firearm and ballistic forensics along with DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, Office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner findings report and the analysis of Mr Alec Baldwin’s phone data extracted by Suffolk County Sheriff’s investigators.”…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

The TSA Has a Biometrics Roadmap

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency that’s part of Homeland Security created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as a way of improving transportation system security, is a gift to the state that just keeps on giving.

Two decades after the attacks that changed the face of air travel (well before the Covid panic degraded the experience even further), the TSA is now leaning into more intrusive methods.

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

Trump-Backed Republicans Defeat Establishment Candidates in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (LifeSiteNews) — Two Trump-backed Republican candidates in Michigan have beaten out establishment picks to earn the nomination of the Michigan GOP, giving a hint as to the direction of the Republican Party ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Kalamazoo attorney Matthew DePerno and Oak Park educator Kristina Karamo were given the nod by Michigan Republican Party delegates during the endorsement convention Saturday, becoming the Republican contenders for attorney general and secretary of state, respectively.

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

Trump Says He Will Not be Returning to Twitter, Opts for TRUTH Social Instead

Former President Donald Trump said that he would not be returning to Twitter, despite the purchase by free speech champion Elon Musk. Trump said he would opt instead for his own Truth Social network over the next week.

“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”

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

Trump: Prince Harry ‘An Embarrassment’ For Turning His Back on Family

Former President Donald Trump had some harsh words for Prince Harry, calling him an “embarrassment” for turning away from the British Royal Family.

The former reportedly made his comments during his upcoming interview on Piers Morgan Uncensored wherein he voiced his displeasure with Harry’s marriage to Duchess Meghan Markle.

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

Twitter Board Folds — “Unanimously Approves” Musk Taking Firm Private for $44 Billion

Update (1445ET): With earnings right around the corner, and having seen the shares rally all day on leak after leak, Twitter shares were halted ‘news pending’ before new hit that billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk reaches deal to acquire Twitter for approximately $44B.

Full Press Release:

Twitter, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter.

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

Twitter Employees Go ‘Absolutely Insane’ After Elon Musk Buys Company

On Monday in response to the Twitter buyout by Elon Musk, some of the company’s staff are having difficulties coping with the situation. When announcing the takeover, Musk vowed that free speech was a crucial part of his mission in the first place.

A Twitter employee source reached out to The New York Times reporter Talmon Smith to express how unsure they are about the future of the company, and their role in it.

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

Twitter Enters ‘Period of Uncertainty’ After Musk Buyout: CEO to Staff

According to Monday’s Twitter meeting about Elon Musk’s takeover, employee firing and hiring is frozen, there won’t be product updates unless they’re business-critical, the board will cease to exist, but as of yet it’s unclear who will take the reins as CEO, and employee stock investments are currently “vested” as the estimated time for the Musk deal to close is the next six months.

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

US Food Production Threatened by Mysterious Fires in Meat Plants

The fact is, however, that the basic needs of the population are massively threatened in some places by these attacks on infrastructure while authorities downplay the incidents.

Throughout the past year, but especially since February 2022, a series of devastating fires in the United States and Canada have destroyed or severely damaged food processing plants — mostly meat plants (slaughterhouses, hog and poultry farms), but also silage and large-scale grain production plants. As a result, there could be food shortages and price increases in many areas.

Devastating damage

The damage is catastrophic: an employee of an affected factory in Texas estimates that 50 to 100 truckloads of onions were destroyed there alone. A factory in Oregon was completely destroyed by a boiler explosion and all 244 employees had to be laid off. A fire in California had to evacuate 2,700 people around the affected factory.

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

“Totally Unfair” — Wheat Farmers Blast Trudeau Government Over Carbon Tax

Farmers are being “unfairly burdened” by the Trudeau government’s carbon tax, the head of a major agricultural industry group says.

True North spoke to Western Canadian Wheat Growers president Gunter Jochum, who blasted the tax for forcing farmers — as primary producers of goods — into a corner.

“Absolutely we are unfairly targeted because we as a primary producer have no way of dealing with the carbon tax,” said Jochum. “It is a pure cost to us, and there isn’t really a way for us to become more efficient.”

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

Feds Refuse to Disclose Justification for Emergencies Act

The Trudeau government is refusing to reveal what information it used to justify invoking the Emergencies Act to crack down on peaceful Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa in February.

According to court documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, the government is citing “cabinet confidentiality” in its response to legal changes brought on by four legal organizations.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association are among the groups who have taken the government to court. The Alberta government is also seeking to join the case as an intervenor.

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

Ottawa Police Ban “Vehicle-Based” Protests, Including Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Convoy

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) has announced that due to the Freedom Convoy, they will now bar “vehicle-based or supported protests” from the downtown core, including a motorcycle convoy heading to the city this weekend to celebrate freedom.

The event dubbed “Rolling Thunder” is estimated to have attracted between 500 and 1000 people, who are set to arrive in the nation’s capital on Friday and leave Sunday. The OPS announcement means that rally participants will now be barred from using their vehicles downtown.

Police will be creating “vehicle exclusion zones” which covers a large portion of the city’s downtown core.

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

Retribution for COVID Defiance? Edmonton-Area Diner/Garden Centre Banned From Opening Greenhouse

Monica and John Oshvalda have been running a greenhouse, diner and a facility that hosts a weekly cowboy church for years on their land west of Edmonton, Alberta.

They have invested thousands of dollars again to start plants in January to be ready for eager gardeners, accumulating thousands of dollars in natural gas charges each month heating the greenhouses to keep their seedlings alive to be ready for the busy season. In fact, the spring and summer sales at the greenhouse have to be enough to carry them through the rest of the year.

But just one week before the greenhouse was slated to open for the season, with their buildings full of seedlings, bureaucrats from Parkland County pulled the plug on Mo-Jo’s, preventing them to open the greenhouses for sales.

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

The Charter Didn’t Stop Canada’s COVID Slide Towards Tyranny

While many Liberals unabashedly celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms last week, many Canadians were left wondering: if the Charter couldn’t protect our freedoms during Covid, then what good is it?

On today’s episode of the Candice Malcolm Show, Candice is joined by lawyer, legal scholar and President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), John Carpay.

Candice and John discuss the purpose of the Charter, its history and its many shortfalls. They discuss the worst government offenders during Covid, the most draconian and anti-freedom policies, and why our Charter didn’t do more to protect individual rights and freedoms during the dystopian nightmare of the past two years.

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

Trudeau Traveled 50,000 Km by Plane in Past 7 Weeks to Talk Carbon Emissions

An investigation reveals that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has flown over 50,000 km in the past two months.

Of the 127,147 km that Trudeau has flown since June, 50,680 km of that took place in the last seven weeks, reports the National Post. The Trudeau Liberals have burned this fuel while promoting their plan to cap emissions on oil and gas by 40 percent.

True North reports that the 50,000 km in jet fuel used would be enough to circle the globe three times.

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

Walmart Says Adios to Plastic, But Only Plastic Bags

Last Friday, there was something noticeably different about Walmart stores in Canada: there were no plastic bags to be found.

Alas, this had nothing to do with supply chain shortages or a hiccup in logistics — after all, nobody does logistics better than Walmart.

Rather, the absence of plastic was Walmart’s “gift” to Canadians in order to mark the mega-chain’s celebration of Earth Day.

(Earth Day is not to be confused with Earth Hour. Earth Hour occurred last month. You were supposed to mark that 60 minutes by freezing in the dark. Isn’t environmentalism such fun?)

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

Four People Have Been Stabbed to Death in a House in South-East London.

Officers forced their way into a home in Delaford Road, Bermondsey, at about 01:40 BST following a call from neighbours about a disturbance.

A man and a woman aged in their mid-60s and two women, in their 30s and 40s respectively, were all pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers.

A man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody, the Met Police said.

It is thought that all five people were known to each other.

The niece of one of the women who died paid tribute to her aunt and said she “didn’t deserve this”.

Venecia Reid said: “She was very loving, very kind, very generous, she’d do anything for you.

“She worked very hard in this country to support her two girls and her two grandkids…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

France: Paris Police Shoot Dead Two During Night of Macron Reelection Protests

Paris police shot dead two people in a car that was driving straight at them overnight Sunday, as the French capital erupted into violent protests following the reelection of President Emmanuel Macron, officials said.

The car was spotted driving the wrong way by authorities near the Pont Neuf in the heart of Paris, which had been barricaded off in a security perimeter ahead of the divisive election.

When the driver parked, “police approached to control the individuals present in the vehicle by pointing automatic weapons at him,” a witness told Le Figaro newspaper.

“The driver rushed off towards the police at full speed. The police fired immediately,” the witness said.

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

France: Elderly Woman Brutally Attacked While Feeding Birds in Park

An elderly woman is recovering from serious injuries she sustained when a male suspect attacked her in a park in France as she fed birds this week, according to reports.

The horrifying incident unfolded at around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday in Brest, a port city in the Brittany region.

The woman was feeding birds at dawn in Place Guérin when she was ambushed by a man who has regularly been seen loitering in the area, Le Telegramme reports.

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France: Sea-Change: Le Pen Wins Big Among Working Class, Big Share of Millennial Vote

Populist challenger Marine Le Pen lost her second battle with Emmanuel Macron for the French presidency, but her progress in several areas and demographics may represent a sea-change in European politics.

Le Pen, burdened in many ways by the legacy of her father Jean-Marie — a man fined multiple times for Holocaust denial who claimed only 17.8 per cent of the vote when he made the second round of France’s presidential elections in 2002 — was defeated by Macron with 41.5 per cent of the vote to his 58.5 per cent on Sunday, but this seemingly comfortable margin of victory masks some key concerns for the globalist incumbent.

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French Presidential Election Poll: 85 Per Cent of Muslims Voted to Keep Macron in Power

Muslims in France voted overwhelmingly for Emmanuel Macron, with 85 per cent of Muslim ballots going towards keeping the French President in power.

85 per cent of votes from Muslims in France during Sunday’s general election went to keeping Emmanuel Macron in power, a poll seen by a French Catholic paper has found.

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German FM in Self-Destruction Mode

Germany as well as the EU will completely stop its oil imports from Russia by the end of this year, according to the Green politician. “That’s why I’m saying here clearly and unequivocally: yes, Germany is also getting out of Russian energy imports completely.”

She continued: “We will halve oil by the summer and be at zero by the end of the year, and then gas will follow, in a joint European roadmap, because our joint exit, the complete exit with the European Union, is our joint strength.”

But Germany in particular has considerable problems implementing the boycott announcements because the German economy is even more dependent on Russian energy supplies than other economies. The EU is thus hardly united on the issue. In the first quarter of 2020, Russian supplies accounted for 40 percent of German gas imports. The economy in particular is warning of the massive consequences of a hasty turn away from Russian deliveries.

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Germany Secretly Wants a Russian Victory in Ukraine, Argues Prominent Professor

Germany is secretly rooting for Vladimir Putin, and wants a quick end to the war so that business as usual can be resumed with Russia, Belgian historian Prof. David Engels told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) in an interview.

Prof. Engels believes that the reasons for Germany’s continuing fascination with Russia are the German left and right’s inherent anti-Americanism, commitment to pacifism and dependence on Russian gas and oil.

Both Germany and France are dragging their feet on arming Ukraine because they do not see that being in their narrow interests within the EU.

Berlin and Brussels are also concerned that a genuinely free Ukraine could be joined by a free Belarus and enable Poland and the Baltic states to create an Eastern European axis which would change the geopolitics of Europe in a way that has not been seen since the partition of Poland in the 18th century.

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Is Hungary Being Targeted With Bomb Threats Over Its Refusal to Ship Arms to Ukraine?

A recent wave of bomb threats against Hungary’s shopping malls could be part of a hybrid warfare campaign aimed at countries who do not want to ship weapons to Ukraine, József Horvath, security policy expert at Hungarian think-tank Center for Basic Rights, told daily Magyar Nemzet in an interview.

Horvath said the threats were clearly coordinated and were aimed at creating confusion or throw into question public safety in general.

“As there is a war in our immediate vicinity, one possibility is that countries which are unwilling to take an active part in the war are being punished with methods of hybrid warfare,” Horvath said. “Let us not forget that there have also been bomb threats in Serbia in recent days.”

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Italy: Prisoner Abducted: Raped by Fellow Inmates

Prison guards union SAPPE reports violence at Rome jail

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 20 — A prisoner was abducted, threatened with a knife, tied up and raped by two fellow inmates at Rome’s Regina Coeli jail, prison guards union SAPPE said on Wednesday.

The union said the victim had been taken to hospital with serious injuries and said change to the way jails were being managed and personnel shortages were factors that made this “shameful, horrifying episode” possible.

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Janez Jansa: Slovenia Votes Out Pro-Trump Populist

Slovenia’s populist Prime Minister Janez Jansa has suffered a heavy defeat in parliamentary elections by a left-leaning party formed only in January.

Mr Jansa’s Slovenian Democratic party took about 24% of the vote, compared to 34.5% for the Freedom Movement party led by former businessman Robert Golob.

The poll was marked by allegations that Mr Jansa has undermined the rule of law in the former Yugoslav state.

Mr Golob said his win will enable him to lead his country “back to freedom”.

An outspoken supporter of former US President Donald Trump, Mr Jansa was seeking a fourth term as prime minister and stood on a platform of “stability”.

But his critics allege that the 63-year-old, who came to prominence as a post-communist reformer, has spent several years eroding democratic standards and restricting press freedom.

He engaged in lengthy rows with the EU over his moves to cut funding for the national news agency and has sought to delay the appointment of prosecutors to the bloc’s new anti-corruption body.

Mr Golob is a political newcomer who entered politics in January after being removed as chairman of his energy investment firm.

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Liberals Praise Macron Victory, Including Czech and Slovak Leaders

Congratulating an election winner, even an ideological rival, can often be chalked up to good politics and proper diplomacy. Many Western leaders who privately detested Donald Trump, for example, were openly congratulating him after his 2016 election win.

However, Slovakia and Czechia, once seen as conservative bastions, are increasingly moving to the left. Much of the political leadership offered more than a warm “congrats” to Macron, but celebrated his victory and his defeat over “populism” and “nationalism.”

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Over 60% of French Voters Against Macron Securing Majority in Parliament This Summer, Poll Reveals

More than 60 percent of French voters do not want President Emmanuel Macron to get a majority in the National Assembly in the coming parliamentary elections that will be held in June, a new poll reveals.

The majority of French people do not want Macron to win in the June legislative elections: 63 percent of those questioned said they want Macron not to have a majority in parliament, while 35 percent said they do want him to secure a majority, according to an Opinionway poll conducted for Cnews and Europe 1.

The survey was conducted on Sunday, among 1,300 French voters, after the first results of the presidential election runoff were published.

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Polish Billboard Campaign ‘Stop Russia Now!’ Set for Western Europe

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has stressed that the goal of a government-backed billboard campaign launched across Western Europe on Saturday is to awaken the conscience of Western European politicians “who want to return to the ordinary ways of dealing with Putin’s Russia.”

The #StopRussiaNow banners will be mounted on platforms and on trailers across the continent, showing war photographs from Ukraine contrasted with photographs showing the everyday life of inhabitants of Western countries.

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Scientists Discover Heart Inflammation More Prevalent Among Vaccinated Than Unvaccinated: Study

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Heart inflammation requiring hospital care was more common among people who received COVID-19 vaccines than those who did not, according to a new study of tens of millions of Europeans.

Rates of myocarditis or pericarditis, two types of heart inflammation, are above the levels in an unvaccinated cohort, pegged at 38 per 100,000 after receipt of a second dose of a vaccine built on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology in males aged 16 to 24—the group studies have shown are most at risk of the post-vaccination condition—researchers with health agencies in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway found.

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Teens Targeted in Slew of Violent Robberies, Stabbings Across Sweden

Teenagers were injured during a slew of robberies and attacks in various parts of southern Sweden during a 12-hour span last week, according to reports.

At least three minors were targeted in incidents that unfolded across the country on Friday.

A boy in his early teens was beaten by a group of four or five ‘young people’ who stole his e-cigarette on Friday afternoon in Växjö, a city in the south of Sweden.

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UK: Enter Poverty to ‘Support Ukraine’

Millions of Brits to enter fuel poverty.

Panicked customers frantically calling energy companies saying they cannot pay the bills.

Because of our ‘support’ for Ukraine and the sanctions, many people can no longer afford to support their own families.

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UK: Global Food Crisis: Expert Warns of Shortages Amid Spiraling Costs for Farmers

Food shortages are on the cards for Britain as the cost of farming spikes due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Farmers both in Britain and beyond are facing increased costs thanks in large part to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which has led to supply shortages in fertiliser and other essential resources, in turn driving up the costs of operation.

As a result, some are fearing that this increase in costs will result in shortages in a number of foodstuffs in Britain, with farmers being driven out of the industry as a result of supermarkets not being willing to pay enough for farming to produce food at break-even point.

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UK: Tyre Extinguishers Strike Again, Targeting SUVs in Wealthy London Areas

Tyre Extinguishers(link is external), the activist group that targets SUVs due to the damage the vehicles cause to the environment as well as the risk they pose to vulnerable road users including cyclists struck again in London last night, letting the air out of the tyres of 120 vehicles and leaving behind leaflets explaining to the owners why they had taken the action.

The direct action group, one of whose members we interviewed in the latest edition of the road.cc Podcast, undertook its latest direct action intervention in several affluent areas of the capital — namely Hampstead, Primrose Hill, Paddington and Kensington.

[Comment: Article dated April 22, 2022.]

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Iraq: Church Holds Service for First Time After ISIS Desecrated it 8 Years Ago

Easter was extra special for one Christian community in Iraq this Easter as it opened for services for the first time since being desecrated by Islamic State militants eight years ago.

St. Kyriakos’ Chaldean Catholic Church, Batnaya, was attacked by IS in 2014. Militants decapitated statues, smashed the altar and used sacred images as target practice.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russia’s military capabilities should be weakened so “it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” Mr. Austin added that he believed Ukrainians could win the war with the right equipment and support, as the conflict entered its third month.

The U.S. will return an embassy presence to Ukraine and increase military support for the country, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mr. Austin told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. President Biden plans to nominate Bridget Brink, a career diplomat, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

The U.S. will provide Ukraine with $322 million in foreign military assistance to allow Kyiv to buy needed weapons, part of a package of $713 million in U.S. military assistance for more than a dozen countries in the region.

Russian missiles struck railroad targets in central Ukraine.

Russia: Authorities extended a state of alert in three Russian regions bordering Ukraine, including Bryansk, where state media said large fires broke out at fuel-storage facilities and at a nearby military fuel depot.

Moscow will be the first stop this week for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who will then visit Kyiv. Ukraine has asked Mr. Guterres to guarantee a corridor for civilians to leave Mariupol.

Russian President Vladimir Putin conceded that Russia is grappling with “unprecedented pressure” from Western sanctions, but said that the Russian economy could still work in a stable manner.

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Hindu Party in India Wants to Reject Muslims Name of Villages as a Symbol of Slavery

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta wants Muslim names of 40 villages in city changed to revert the original Hindu names.

Shruti Solanki | HENB | New Delhi April 25, 2022:: Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, who is leading his party’s ‘bulldozer’ campaign against encroachment by “Rohingyas and Bangladeshis”, on Saturday announced his plan for changing Muslim names of 40 villages in the national capital to revert those names into its original Hindu roots.

In a press conference here, Gupta said that the party will send a proposal to Kejriwal government for changing the names of 40 villages in the city that symbolise a period of “slavery”. “Nobody wants to live with a mindset of slavery that these names denote. I have received requests from several villagers for changing names of their villages,” he said.

BJP-ruled South MCD passed a resolution to change the name of village Mohammadpur to Madhavpuram but Delhi government is sitting over it and not approving it, he claimed. “Local BJP councillor Bhagat Singh Tokas got a resolution passed by the corporation and had the town planning department send a letter signed by all villagers to the Delhi government’s Urban Development department on December 9 last year,” Gupta said.

No immediate reaction was available from Delhi government on Gupta’s claim. Gupta said that apart from Mohammadpur village, there are 40 other such villages whose names villagers want changed. “These 40 villages include Humayunpur, Yusuf Sarai, Masoodpur, Zamroodpur, Begumpur, Saidul Ajab, Fatehpur Beri, Hauz Khas, and Sheikh Sarai to name a few,” he said.

He said political parties playing “appeasement” politics have been “unmasked” because their vote bank is now being “bulldozed”. Last Wednesday, BJP-ruled North MCD sent bulldozers to remove encroachment in Jahangirpuri area, a day after Delhi BJP president wrote to its mayor asking for the demolition of “illegal structures”.

Violence and arson gripped Jahangirpuri last Saturday, when Hindus and Muslims pelted stoned and clashed with each other during a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Gupta has also written letters to mayors of party-ruled South and East MCD to identify and remove encroachment by Rohingyas, Bangladeshis, and “anti-social elements” in their areas.

Gupta said that the entire opposition, including AAP and Congress, are furious over bulldozing of encroachments in Jahangirpuri. “Entire opposition is backing rioters in Jahangirpuri because the ‘bulldozer of justice’ is doing its work. In Rajasthan, the Congress government bulldozed a 300-year-old Shiva temple, yet the double-standard political parties are silent,” Gupta said.

Though this initiative of BJP to rename many villages in and around Delhi earns a wide support from its Hindutva base line; opposition parties say it, ‘nothing but a political stunt’.

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Harvard Astrophysicist Says Alien-Tech Crashed Into the Pacific Ocean, And Now He Wants to Recover it

Authored by Katie Hutton via TheMindUnleashed.com

A leading astrophysicist is devising a plan to send a team to the Pacific Ocean’s depths in search of what he thinks to be advanced extraterrestrial technology.

Astrophysicist Avi Loeb thinks that an interplanetary object that crashed into the Earth in 2014 was some kind of spaceship. His thesis is controversial in the science community.

According to information released last week by the United States Space Command (USSC), the object indeed came from another star system. The projectile — which sped across the sky off the shore of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea — was determined to be a meteor by the agency.

According to the New York Post, Prof. Loeb, on the other hand, isn’t having any of it. In a statement issued on Wednesday, he suggested that the item may have been created by extraterrestrials.

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Nigeria Rolls Out Mandatory Digital Identity Following Bill Gates Funding in West Africa

After Many Deadlines, 73 million [uncompliant phone] Subscribers Barred from Making Calls…

President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2020, ordered all phone lines to be linked to an identification number…

The number is required for all transactions requiring identity verification, such as opening a bank account, applying for a driver’s licence, voting, obtaining health insurance, and filing tax returns…

One major reason why Nigerians are sceptical about the development is the history of terror-linked Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami… The minister was recently attacked for his vociferous support for terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban…

In July 2020, Mint Press highlighted that a biometric digital identity platform that “evolves just as you evolve” was set to be introduced in “low-income, remote communities” in West Africa thanks to a public-private partnership between the Bill Gates-backed GAVI vaccine alliance, Mastercard and the AI-powered “identity authentication” company, Trust Stamp.

What the Trust Stamp brings to the table in this partnership is its unique capability to provide biometric identity at a global scale which even includes places that lack internet access and/or mobile phone or cellular connectivity.

In June 2020, GAVI reported that Mastercard’s Wellness Pass program would be adapted in response to the Covid “pandemic.” Around a month later, Mastercard announced that Trust Stamp’s biometric identity platform would be integrated into Wellness Pass..

The basic premise behind a digital identity in the context of Gates’ work is simple: It would involve some sort of cloud-based storage of medical and/or personal identification documents accessible anywhere in the world.

ID2020, or the Digital Identity Alliance, is a non-profit funded by a range of foundations and corporate sponsors — including Microsoft and GAVI — that provides grants for practical research into the real-world application of digital identities.

Days after it was revealed in an intercepted human intelligence report that Bill Gates offered a $10 million bribe for a forced Covid vaccination program in Nigeria, the plan to chip the human race through the digital identification program ID2020 was exposed in the Italian parliament by Sara Cunial, the Member of Parliament for Rome who denounced Bill Gates as a “vaccine criminal” and demanded Bill Gates’s arrest in the Italian Parliament.

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Brazil: Left Seeks to Strip Bolsonaro’s Pardon Powers After Freeing Congressman Jailed for YouTube Video

Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported on Monday that leftists in the nation’s Congress are planning to seek ways to limit conservative President Jair Bolsonaro’s pardon powers after he used them to free lawmaker Daniel Silveira, who the nation’s top court sentenced to eight years in prison last week for political comments broadcast on Youtube.

Silveira — a first-term member of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Brazilian Congress — published a video on the platform last year condemning the members of the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF), the country’s equivalent of the Supreme Court, personally insulting them and calling for their replacement on the bench. STF Minister Alexandre de Moraes (STF judges are referred to as “ministers”) ordered his arrest on the grounds that the video threatened him and others on the bench, launching a protracted legal proceeding that concluded last week with de Moraes proclaiming that “the Constitution does not guarantee freedom of expression as a protective shield for … speech against institutions” and expelling Silveira from Congress.

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Germany’s Migrant Population Places Major Burden on Healthcare System and State Budgets

Healthcare costs associated with Germany’s rapidly growing immigrant population are soaring, and the port city of Hamburg helps exemplify just how much the country is spending.

Authorities in Hamburg have paid out almost half a billion euros on medical care for migrants since 2015, according to a parliamentary query by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) parliamentary group in the city’s local parliament.

Asylum seekers in Hamburg have generated significant costs in recent years, with Alexander Wolf, the AfD parliamentary group spokesman, calling the figure a “huge sum which puts our community of solidarity at risk.”

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In “Huge Win for Border Security”, Court Temporarily Blocks Biden Admin From Lifting ‘Title 42’

Morale among Border Patrol agents is at an “all-time low” as they face massive, unprecedented border numbers as well as a looming end to the Title 42 public health order, which is expected to further fuel the overwhelming surge.

“The agents are upset. I’ve never seen agents so upset as I have under what is currently going on,” Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told Fox News Digital in an interview.

And now, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Monday that his office obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the Biden administration from lifting Title 42.

Texas-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, ruled against the Biden administration.

He held that the administration had failed to provide an adequate justification and follow proper procedures in effectuating its rescission.

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Irish Natives Shoved Aside as Government Moves to Buy Homes for Refugees

Ireland’s open borders government has announced that it wishes for state actors to purchase more homes for refugees, seemingly content to leave native people to rot.

Ireland’s native population once again look like they are being left out in the cold by those who rule them, with their government using emergency powers to allow local councils to purchase homes for the express purposes of housing refugees.

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Just 2% of Channel Migrants Are Set to be Sent to Rwanda: Fewer Than Two Hundred a Year Are Expected to Qualify for Scheme — and Thousands Could End Up in UK Prisons Instead

Boris Johnson’s flagship immigrations scheme to send Channel arrivals to Rwanda could see fewer than 200 sent to Africa every year, a new analysis has revealed.

Just two per cent of people who arrive in the UK every year are deemed ‘inadmissible’ to the asylum system, the criteria that will be used to determine who can be sent to east Africa.

The £120million five-year programme has attracted a lot of criticism since it was unveiled a fortnight ago, sparking a war of words especially between the Government and the Archbishop of Canterbury over its morality.

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Somali Migrant Who Screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ While Stabbing 3 German Women to Death Will Avoid Prison

As with many other cases involving a migrant who reportedly killed his victims due to jihadist motives, a Somali man who killed three women in Würzburg in a stabbing spree last year while screaming “Allahu Akbar” will end up receiving institutional mental health treatment rather than head to prison.

The trial against the Somali began in Bavaria on Friday, with the court hearing how Abdirahman J., who came to Germany in 2015, stabbed and killed three women aged 24, 49, and 82 years within just five minutes in the early evening of June 25, 2021. Equipped with a 30-centimeter-long blade, the Somali migrant severely injured four other women, including two girls between the ages of 11 and 16, and slightly injured three others.

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Canada: University of Waterloo Says Only ‘Women, Transgender, Non-Binary, Or Two-Spirit’ Individuals Qualify for Tenured Board Position

The University of Waterloo recently posted a job “open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as women, transgender, non-binary, or two-spirit,” as reported by the Daily Caller.

The job posting, for a “tenured track position” is a Research Chair role for the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, was posted in March 2022, asking only for those who identify as the aforementioned.

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Designer Accused of Child Abuse After Selling Underpants to ‘Flatten and Tuck’ Genitals of Boys as Young as 4

Carmen Liu, who is marketing what is called the first “flattening and tucking underwear” commercially available, has been accused of child abuse after the product was marketed to boys as young as four.

The underwear have been designed to “flatten the side profile of the pelvic area,” effectively hiding any evidence of male genitalia from people around the wearer.

According to the Daily Mail, Liu is also a biological male who identifies as a female, and a former ballet dancer who has now decided to branch out into the field of garments for people seeking to suppress and obfuscate their external sex characteristics, specifically for boys.

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Illinois School District Forces Radical LGBT Ideology on Preschoolers as Young as 3

EVANSTON, Illinois (LifeSiteNews) — An Illinois school district is promoting homosexual and “transgender” ideology to students from pre-school as part of an “LGBTQ+ Equity Week” program, instructing young students that there are more than two sexes while idolizing notorious sexual predator and homosexual activist Harvey Milk.

Independent journalist Christopher F. Rufo last week reported on an almost 300-page series of documents for teaching staff at the Evanston-Skokie School District in Illinois that outlines a curriculum to implement its “LGBTQ+ Equity Week” program during April, which the district has designated as “LGBTQ+ equity month.”

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NY Post Journalists Forced to Take Gender Identity and Sexual Harassment Training by New York City

The New York Post was required by New York City to dispense sexual harassment training to its journalists that features trans and non-binary people, with guidance on how to talk about those gender-nonconforming identities and the people who subscribe to them.

New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz said she had to undergo sexual harassment training because she writes for New York City-based outlets.

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Report: Google Rolls Out Feature That Corrects You With Woke ‘Inclusive’ Language

Google’s document editor will begin to correct the language of what people type to be more ‘inclusive’, according to a report in the Telegraph.

The article, headlined Big Brother (sorry, Big Person) is correcting you on Google, outlines how the company is to implement ‘inclusive warnings’ on Google Docs, suggesting that users refrain from using terms such as ‘policeman’ or ‘landlord’, because they are gendered.

The warnings will alert users that what they have typed “may not be inclusive to all readers,” while suggesting users should “Consider using different words,” offering woke corrections like ‘police officer’ or ‘property owner’.

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SCOTUS to Hear Case of High School Football Coach Fired for Praying on the Field

Joseph Kennedy, a former coach of the Bremerton High School football team, is finally about to get his case before the US Supreme Court. Oral arguments on the case are to be heard before the end of April.

Kennedy was previously “suspended, and later fired,” from his position as the football coach “because he prayed a brief, quite prayer after football games.”

According to the website of First Liberty, the law firm taking on Kennedy’s case, “Attorneys for First Liberty Institute and Kirkland & Ellis LLP today filed their final brief at the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Justices to reverse a lower court decision that allowed a school district to suspend former high school football coach Joe Kennedy because fans and students could see him take a knee in quiet or silent prayer after football games.”

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/25/2022

  1. The other day I came across a good article on a Norwegian site about children throwing stones at the Swedish police. Very good and correct article.
    But the last paragraph struck me:

    https://www.document.no/2022/04/24/barnesoldatene/

    The Easter weekend changed everything. Now we know that it does not get better by itself. It will be worse if society does not react with measures that were completely unthinkable before Maundy Thursday. Children who in preschool learn that it is right to kill police officers to defend Islam will not grow up to be democratic, equal LGBTQ activists. They will grow up to be terrorists. We already know what they were used as during the riots: Child soldiers.

    * * *
    Um… Is it impossible without LGBTQ activists? Society must develop and progress. We must make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
    And what kind of progress and better future can LGBTQ activists dream of?

    Is there really only one alternative left in the world: to become terrorists or LGBTQ activists?

    • The alphabet people are going to run into the islamic savages and then they will know about the old testament and the fact the rest of us will have to clean up the mess, we won’t be in a forgiving mood where the islamic savages are concerned.

      • There is such a famous book “Aelita” by Alexei Tolstoy (not Leo). There, in one of the episodes, the death of one of the past earthly civilizations is described.
        The alphabet people simply let themselves be stabbed with swords.

      • I don’t know any language other than Russian. But the gods of information and progress sent us Google and Yandex Translate.
        Sometimes I don’t even know what language I just read an article in. But I manage to find interesting information.

  2. “…a woman in Memphis stabbed her husband to death after the two argued over the taste of his coffee.”

    No jury will convict her.

      • Nonsense.
        Any man who wants to live to old age knows that his duty is to make certain his wife is caffeinated with fine coffee, prepared exactly as likes it, as soon as she wakes up.

    • Memphrika is how we tennesseeans pronounce it. It is a deadly ghetto city run by black criminals.

      It’s a craphole of violence

      • Which is is a pity.
        I visited it a few times when I lived in Searcy, AR.
        It probably wasn’t as bad back then.
        I was truly amused by the use of Russian 76mm guns in a Civil War park, though.

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    President threatens to stop Swedish NATO entry
    Published 26 April 2022 at 18.07 in Fria Tider

    FOREIGN. Croatian President Zoran Milanovic calls on the country’s parliament to block the possibility for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, reports Total Croatia News.
    Zoran Milanovic demands that the electoral laws in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which the NATO country Croatia considers discriminate against ethnic Croats, be changed.

    Otherwise, the Croatian parliament should refuse to approve Sweden and Finland as new members of NATO, according to the president.

    Milanović further describes the accession of the two Nordic neighbors to the US-led military alliance as “a very dangerous adventure”.

    It was on Monday that it was reported that Finland and Sweden will jointly apply for membership in NATO in May.

    According to Zoran Milanovic, it is up to the two Nordic countries to “tell the Americans to resolve” the issue of the Bosnian electoral law.

    – For me, it is an important national interest for the Croatian state, the nation and the people that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a functioning state, the president says according to Total Croatia News.

    • Why hasn’t anyone reported of all the arms shipments to the Croats and Serbs in Bosnia by the Russians???? Why are the Serbs ready for another go to reclaim Kosovo and major parts in Bosnia? ???

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