Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/28/2022

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that his country’s energy diversification policy has kept it from being dependent on Russian natural gas, so that it cannot be blackmailed. In contrast, Czechia gets 92% of its gas from Russia, and will be in a dire situation if its supply is cut off. Also, Germany has been the single largest customer for Russian gas since the crisis in Ukraine began.

In other news, an 81-year-old man in Detroit was shot after he stopped to apologize to a pedestrian that he almost hit with his car.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, Dean, Insubria, JAS, LP, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

Financial Crisis
» 250,000 People Are Unemployed in Hungary
» Economy Shrinks 1.4% in First Quarter, Below Expectations
» To Fight Inflation, Hungary Extends Fuel and Basic-Foods Price Caps
 
USA
» 16-Year-Old Girl Charged, Accused of Driving Teens to Deadly Triple-Shooting, Rock Hill Police Say
» Barack Obama: Hungary is an Authoritarian Regime
» Breaking: Rep. Jordan Demands Biden AG Preserve Records Relating to Discipline of US Marshals During Portland Antifa Riots
» Breaking: Charlie Kirk Announces Return to Twitter in Light of Elon Musk Takeover
» Breaking: MTG Announces Bill to Reform Section 230, Proposes Roundtable With Elon Musk
» Breaking: Sen. Josh Hawley Calls on Biden Admin to Dissolve ‘Disinformation Governance Board’
» California, New York, Illinois Used COVID-19 Relief Funds to Push CRT in Schools
» Creepy: Biden Goes “Off Script” To Tell Teachers That Kids Are “Yours When You’re in the Classroom”
» Elon Musk Prevails in Delaware Court Case on Solarcity Deal
» Elon Musk Lays Out Plan for Twitter to be ‘Politically Neutral’
» Hunter Biden’s Business Partner Visited White House Twenty Seven Times During Obama-Biden Era
» Is President Biden OK?
» Is Twitter “Burning the Evidence” By Unshackling Conservative Accounts?
» Kenosha Meeting Discussing Memorial for Man Shot by Rittenhouse Gets Heated: ‘Like a Lunatic’
» Michigan Man, 81, Shot by Pedestrian He Almost Hit With Vehicle
» Millions of Southern Californians Ordered to Cut Outdoor Water Usage Amidst Drought
» Minneapolis Crime Rates Continue to Rise as More Retirements Loom
» Rumble Cloud is Expected to Open to All Users in 2023
» Sacramento Man Runs Red Light Then Ambushes Police
» Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Rose Sharply in 2020, Driven by Fentanyl-Laced Pills
» Teen Bullied Into Suicide Over False Allegations About His Vaccination Status by Students, School Officials
» Texas Man Offers 100 Acres of His Own Land for Elon Musk to Build New Twitter HQ
» This is What Critical Race Theory Looks Like in the Classroom
» Too Many White Men Flying Planes!
» Twitter Misses Revenues, Admits “Over-Stating” Millions of Users
» Video: Senator Tells Biden Court Pick “I Can’t Believe You’ve Been Nominated” Due to SPLC Affiliation
» Watch: Joe Rogan Takes Johnny Depp’s Side, Calls Amber Heard ‘Crazy’
 
Canada
» Canada’s Totalitarian Approach to COVID (Ft. Dr. Julie Ponesse)
» COVID Lockdown Advocate Livestreams Himself Breaking Isolation Rules
» Immunologist Dr. Byram Bridle Responds to Flawed ‘Study’ Used to Justify Unvaccinated Segregation
» Live Updates: MPP Randy Hillier’s Bail Review Taking Place in Ottawa
» Mounties More Concerned About Own Reputation Than Protecting Citizens
» MP Rebukes Trudeau Safety Minister for Restating Debunked Freedom Convoy Arson Claim
» Vaccine Policy Double Standard for Canadian Chrysler Employees
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘A Return to the Middle Ages’ — If Russia Cuts Gas Deliveries, Czechia Could be in Serious Trouble
» EU Chief Slams Russia’s Gas ‘Blackmail, ‘ Insists Bloc is Ready to Respond
» EU Court Says Internet Upload Filters Don’t Violate Free Speech
» Exclusive: Right-Wing Alliance Gives the French an Opposition to Macron They Deserve, Says MEP
» Germany Top Buyer of Russian Energy Since Ukraine Invasion Began
» Germany: ‘Medical Emergencies’ in Berlin’s Road Traffic Accident Stats Are Piling Up
» Hungarian Government Against International Liberal Mainstream, Says Minister
» Hungary: Unbelievable! Fidesz Lead Over Opposition Widens After Election!
» Hungarian FM Expresses Concern Over Treatment of Slovakian Opposition
» Insulate Britain Protesters Glue Themselves to Court Furniture as They Appear Charged Over M25 Chaos…
» Internet Outage in French Cities After Apparent Coordinated Sabotage Campaign, Fibre Optic Lines Cut
» Italy: Cook Gets Life for Decapitating Dishwasher
» Italy: Mar Jonio Ship Chaplain ‘Threatened by Libyan Mafia’
» Poland: The 2nd Anders’s Army Corps on Display in Giulianova
» Rule-of-Law Mechanism Was Activated Against Hungary But Not Poland
» The West Must Double Down on Support for Ukraine, Says UK’s Truss
» UK Official Data: Vaccinated Kids More Than 52 Times More Likely to Die
» UK: ‘Disgusting!’ Convicted Paedophile MP Imran Khan Served on Government Grooming Gang Panel
» UK: During the Pandemic More Teens Experienced Symptoms of Depression
» UK: Only 3% of Reported COVID Deaths Due to COVID Only
» UK: Police Finally Remove Eco Zealots After They Shut Down Two M25 Petrol Stations for Seven Hours as Group Led by ‘John Lennon-Lookalike’ Who Was Jailed Over Climate Protests Targeted Forecourts During Rush-Hour
» Ukraine: Milan Prosecutors Probe Case of Italian Fighter
» Watch: Antifa Beats Woman in German Clothing Store, Coordinates Attacks in Multiple Cities
» ‘We Are Free of Russian Gas!’ Polish PM Morawiecki Praises Government’s Energy Diversification Program After Russia Turns Off the Taps
» Wikipedia Deletes the Page of Alessandro Orsini, The Professor Criticized for “Counter-Current” Views on the War in Ukraine
» With a Divided Right, France Could Elect a Radical Left-Wing Parliament in June
 
North Africa
» Spain Vows Not to Send Gas to Morocco After Algeria Warning
 
Russia
» Engineered Global Food Crisis? More Claims of Russia Deliberately Bombing Grain Silos
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
 
Immigration
» Belgium: Leftist Leader Admits Multiculturalism Has Failed
» Italian Migrant NGO Head May Face 18 Years in Prison for Aiding Illegals
» Reps. Gaetz, Jordan Grill SEC. Mayorkas Over Chaos at Southern Border
» Sweden: Suspected Afghan Migrant Arrested for Raping Woman, Throwing Her Down Mine Shaft
» UK: Is Priti’s Rwanda Threat Working? Zero Migrants Have Crossed Channel in Nine Days Since New Asylum Scheme Was Announced (But New Royal Navy Patrols and ‘Strong Winds’ Could Also be a Cause)
 
Culture Wars
» Kansas Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto on Transgender Sports Ban Bill
» ‘Transphobe Finder’ List Targets Women to be Reported, Removed From Twitter
 

250,000 People Are Unemployed in Hungary

Hungary’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent in March, falling from 3.8 percent in February and 4.0 percent in the same month a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday.

[Comment: That’s a pretty low unemployment rate.]

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

Economy Shrinks 1.4% in First Quarter, Below Expectations

The U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank 1.4% annually in the first quarter, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday, a sharp decline from the fourth quarter and below expectations that wavered between slow and negative growth.

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

To Fight Inflation, Hungary Extends Fuel and Basic-Foods Price Caps

In order to shield Hungarian consumers from the effects of mostly energy-related price increases, the government is extending the existing price cap on fuels and six basic food groups until July 1, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced on Wednesday.

“The government has extended the price cap for basic foodstuffs and fuels for another two months, until July 1,” Orban announced in a Facebook video on Wednesday.

The prime minister said prices were rising across Europe, and the primary reason for this was war.

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

16-Year-Old Girl Charged, Accused of Driving Teens to Deadly Triple-Shooting, Rock Hill Police Say

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Rock Hill Police Department said Thursday officers arrested another juvenile in a shootout Tuesday night that left three teen boys dead.

A 16-year-old girl, who was charged with murder, is accused of driving two teens, 17- and 16-years old to the scene the night of the triple homicide.

A 17-year-old was charged as an adult with two counts of murder after the incident.

Rock Hill police said they received several calls reporting gunshots after 10 p.m. Tuesday and responded to Gist Road near South Cherry Road.

Investigators said that three males were in a car parked on Gist Road, when two other males, 17 and 16 years old, walked up to the car and started shooting into it.

A 16-year-old, who was in the driver’s seat, was fatally shot, police said.

Ahmik Coleman, 17, of Rock Hill, was in the front passenger seat and returned fire, striking the two shooters on the road. Someone in the backseat ran from the car.

Coleman then got out of the car and started to run, but immediately returned fire again, killing the 17- and 16-year-old teens laying in the roadway, police said.

OMarian Small, 16, of Lake Wylie, was found dead in a vehicle at the scene, the York County Coroner’s Office said. Kam’ran Brevard, 16, of Rock Hill, also died at the scene.

Evanta Hart, 17, of Rock Hill, was taken to EMS to Piedmont Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Coleman was shot in the hand and taken to the hospital, officers said.

The 16-year-old girl was charged as a juvenile with murder. She was taken into custody Thursday night. Her name and photo were not released, because she was charged as a juvenile.

[…]

Detectives put the pieces together and issued two murder warrants for Coleman, charging him as an adult.

He was brought to the Law Center and taken into custody Wednesday night. Coleman then faced a judge Thursday, where police explained why they charged him with murder.

“We determined the gunfight was result of ongoing dispute between two parties. After the initial exchange, the two victims were wounded and laying on the ground. The defendant returned to the scene and executed them by shooting and killing them,” said Tayler Tucker, with the Rock Hill Police Department…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Barack Obama: Hungary is an Authoritarian Regime

In his speech last week, Barack Obama was highly critical of Hungary.

The speech

The 44th President of the United States of America gave a speech on the creation and consumption of information. He also talked about the challenges that disinformation poses to America and democracy. His presentation was entitled “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm”. He delivered his speech at a professional conference jointly organised by the Cyber Policy Centre at Stanford University and the Obama Foundation, on April 21.

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

Breaking: Rep. Jordan Demands Biden AG Preserve Records Relating to Discipline of US Marshals During Portland Antifa Riots

United States Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday demanding the preservation of all records relating to the Department of Justice’s disciplinary actions against Deputy US Marshals who defended federal property in Portland, Oregon, from left-wing anti-police rioters in summer 2020.

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

Breaking: Charlie Kirk Announces Return to Twitter in Light of Elon Musk Takeover

Following Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk has stated that he will return to the social media platform after he was suspended earlier this month for a post about Rachel Levine.

In an interview with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, Kirk described the line of events that led to this point.

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

Breaking: MTG Announces Bill to Reform Section 230, Proposes Roundtable With Elon Musk

On Thursday, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced legislation that would repeal section 230 of Title 47 of the United States Code.

The bill, called the “21st Century Foundation for the Right to Express and Engage in Speech Act” or the “21st Century FREE Speech Act,” would abolish Section 230 altogether.

Greene’s repeal of section 230 would eliminate the law that allows online platforms to not be liable for content posted there by others, and would replace it with a provision to require “reasonable, non-discriminatory access to online communications platforms.”

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

Breaking: Sen. Josh Hawley Calls on Biden Admin to Dissolve ‘Disinformation Governance Board’

Sen. Josh Hawley sent DHS Secretary Mayorkas a scathing letter expressing his concern over the Biden administration’s new “Disinformation Governance Board.”

On Wednesday, news broke that the Department of Homeland Security was setting up the “Disinformation Governance Board” to counter misinformation.

Republicans have been vocal in their opposition to the board’s creation, including Missouri senator Josh Hawley, who sent a scathing letter to Secretary Mayorkas outlining his concern.

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

California, New York, Illinois Used COVID-19 Relief Funds to Push CRT in Schools

Blue states across the country are using billions of taxpayer dollars from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to push core tenets of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which the Democrats passed in March 2021 without any Republican support, was billed by the Democratic Party as a necessity for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the law provided over $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which helped multiple states implement “implicit bias” and “anti-racism” training, among other programs, according to research from One Nation shared with and verified by Fox News Digital.

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

Creepy: Biden Goes “Off Script” To Tell Teachers That Kids Are “Yours When You’re in the Classroom”

While speaking at a White House event for National and State Teachers of the Year, Joe Biden told those gathered that children don’t belong to parents when they are in the classroom, and instead are the property of teachers.

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

Elon Musk Prevails in Delaware Court Case on Solarcity Deal

A Delaware court sided with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a bitter legal battle over whether he acted against the best interest of other shareholders when he steered the electric car maker into a $2.6 billion acquisition of a solar panel maker founded by two of his cousins.

The 132-page decision issued Wednesday by Delaware Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights vindicated Musk, who appeared on the witness stand last summer during two days of often combative testimony. Musk defended his reasons for thinking it was a good idea for Tesla to buy SolarCity in November 2016, even as some analysts and some stockholders questioned the deal’s wisdom.

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

Elon Musk Lays Out Plan for Twitter to be ‘Politically Neutral’

Elon Musk has made it clear that he wants to see Twitter become “politically neutral” going forward.

Over the past few days, Elon Musk has outlined a number of changes he would like on the social media platform to implement going forward under his new ownership.

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

Hunter Biden’s Business Partner Visited White House Twenty Seven Times During Obama-Biden Era

Logs show Hunter Biden’s business partner Eric Schwerin visited the White House twenty-seven times during the Obama-Biden era.

On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner Eric Schwerin had visited the White House at least eight times in 2016, bringing his total number of visits during the Obama-Biden era to twenty-seven.

During his visits, Schwerin met with a number of Biden staffers, as well as Biden himself in 2010.

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

Is President Biden OK?

Presented with no comment…

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

Is Twitter “Burning the Evidence” By Unshackling Conservative Accounts?

Conservative Twitter users have noticed a massive uptick in followers and engagement following Elon Musk’s Twitter buy, while leftists on the platform are experiencing the inverse, prompting some to wonder if the company is undoing evidence that it rigged the reach of people it deemed to be undesirable.

The trend is so extreme that it prompted Twitter to address it, claiming that it is all organic owing to new accounts being created and existing accounts being deactivated.

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

Kenosha Meeting Discussing Memorial for Man Shot by Rittenhouse Gets Heated: ‘Like a Lunatic’

The five-person Kenosha Parks Commission in Kenosha, Wisconsin, tabled a proposal Monday that would have placed a memorial tree and plaque in a city park to honor one of the men Kyle Rittenhouse killed.

Several Kenosha residents showed up at the heated meeting to voice their opposition to the memorial for Anthony Huber, who is seen on video chasing Rittenhouse and swinging a skateboard at him before Rittenhouse shot him in the chest on Aug. 25, 2020.

Huber’s girlfriend Hannah Gittings requested on April 5 that a memorial marker be placed in Huber’s memory at a flowering dogwood in Anderson Park, according to public documents attached to the committee’s agenda reviewed by Fox News Digital.

[Comment: Outrageous. Instead, they should put up a statue of Rittenhouse with a rifle.]

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

Michigan Man, 81, Shot by Pedestrian He Almost Hit With Vehicle

DETROIT — The Detroit Police Department is searching for two persons of interest after an 81-year-old man was shot while trying to apologize to pedestrians he nearly hit with his vehicle on Wednesday morning, in Detroit, FOX 2 Detroit reports.

The man was turning onto Asbury Park from Keeler Street around 6 a.m. when he nearly hit two pedestrians, police said. He rolled down his window to apologize and one of the people shot him. He was struck in the hip and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The persons of interest were caught on surveillance cameras. No one has been arrested. The investigation is ongoing. No further information has been released…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Millions of Southern Californians Ordered to Cut Outdoor Water Usage Amidst Drought

Southern California’s water supplier on Tuesday ordered approximately 6 million residents to reduce their outdoor watering to one day a week in response to the ongoing drought.

According to the Associated Press, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board has declared a water shortage emergency, and will require the cities and water agencies that it supplies to implement a cutback on water usage on June 1 and enforce it, or face heart fines.

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

Minneapolis Crime Rates Continue to Rise as More Retirements Loom

Up to 70 more police officers could retire in the near future, sources told Alpha News, as the city continues to grapple with an increase in crime.

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

Rumble Cloud is Expected to Open to All Users in 2023

Rumble Cloud, a cloud web hosting service from the free speech video sharing platform Rumble, will be made available to all users in 2023.

The announcement follows Rumble onboarding its first major cloud client, President Trump’s Truth Social platform, earlier this month. After making the switch to Rumble’s cloud infrastructure, Truth Social started erasing the backlog of users who were waiting to get on the platform and is ready to onboard millions of users.

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

Sacramento Man Runs Red Light Then Ambushes Police

The driver reached excessive speeds and ran multiple stop signs [through a residential area], eventually gaining a considerable distance between his vehicle and the officer’s vehicle. As the officers … rounded a corner…

Just a few weeks ago, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones blamed the “soft on crime” liberal stance for the crime spike. “This is not a gun control issue, this is a criminal control issue. All these legislators and politicians in Washington pat each other on the back after these mass murders and think they’re doing God’s work by passing more gun legislation, but they’re doing nothing to stop the criminals that are possessing these weapons and wreaking havoc.”

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Rose Sharply in 2020, Driven by Fentanyl-Laced Pills

For the first time in a decade, overdose deaths among teens in the United States rose dramatically in 2020 and kept rising through 2021 as well. That’s according to the results of a new study published Tuesday in JAMA.

“This is very alarming because what we’ve seen in other parts of the population is that when overdose death rates start to rise, they tend to continue to do so for quite some time,” says Joe Friedman, a public health researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the lead author of the new study.

“We’re still really in the early days in terms of teen overdose. And that makes this an especially important time to intervene,” he adds.

Friedman and his colleagues found that fatal overdoses among adolescents nearly doubled from 492 in 2019 to 954 in 2020, an increase of 94%. There was an additional 20% rise in 2021 compared to the previous year. The highest rates were among Native American and Alaskan Native teens, followed by Latino teens.

[Comment: I blame the lockdowns. The lockdowns made young people unhappy.]

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

Teen Bullied Into Suicide Over False Allegations About His Vaccination Status by Students, School Officials

The parents of a teen who committed suicide say that relentless bullying at school over false allegations about his vaccination status led him to kill himself.

In January, 15-year-old Nate Bronstein took his own life after months of bullying both online and at the prestigious Chicago private school he attended.

His parents have since filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging that administrators could have done more to prevent the tragedy.

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

Texas Man Offers 100 Acres of His Own Land for Elon Musk to Build New Twitter HQ

Jim Schwertner, CEO of Schwertner Farms just north of Austin, has offered up to 100 acres of land to donate to magnate Elon Musk, in order to move the Twitter company’s headquarters to Texas.

The land is precisely located just off of Interstate 35, some 35 or so north of the city of Austin, in an area where many other tech companies have been moving in past years, including Musk’s own Tesla company, as well as his other enterprises, SpaceX and the Boring Company.

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

This is What Critical Race Theory Looks Like in the Classroom

At this point, there is plenty of evidence that critical race theory, or closely associated tenets, is being taught in public schools across the country. Most parents instinctually know that this ideology — which holds that America’s institutions, and the people who allegedly benefited from them (i.e. white people), are irredeemably and systemically racist — is toxic and untrue. But a closer look at how CRT is applied in the classroom proves parents should not just be concerned about CRT — they should fear it.

In Santa Barbara, California, parents alleged that public schools forced their children to take “ethnic studies” courses as a condition of graduating and refused to let parents see the curriculum. In these courses, students were taught that all white people are racist, leading one student to contemplate suicide because he felt guilty for not being able to speak Spanish, according to investigative reporter Luke Rosiak.

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

Too Many White Men Flying Planes!

The NYT published an article complaining about the fact that 95% of airline pilots are male and almost that number are also white.

Oh no, the absolute horror.

Apparently, there aren’t enough black women flying planes.

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

Twitter Misses Revenues, Admits “Over-Stating” Millions of Users

Having disappointed on the top line ($1.20 billion vs $1.23 billion expected), seen advertising revenue below expectations, apparently slashed capex, and somewhat expectedly cut all previously provided outlooks and goals; Twitter’s earnings’ revelations offer a glimpse into why the Board flip-flopped so fast and grabbed Musk’s ‘apartheid-unleashing’ offer so quickly.

However, buried deep in the filings was another little surprise for the billionaire who just bought the company.

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

Video: Senator Tells Biden Court Pick “I Can’t Believe You’ve Been Nominated” Due to SPLC Affiliation

During a hearing Wednesday, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley told a Biden Judicial nominee that he couldn’t believe she was a candidate owing to previous extensive work done with the extreme leftist censorship group The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Hawley addressed Nancy Abudu, Biden’s pick for the Eleventh Circuit, who is also the strategic litigation director at SPLC.

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

Watch: Joe Rogan Takes Johnny Depp’s Side, Calls Amber Heard ‘Crazy’

Joe Rogan on Tuesday on his storied podcast publicly predicted a win for Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

“I’m watching this trial, and like, it’s a cautionary tale,” he told guest, actress and producer Jessica Kirson. “It’s a cautionary tale about believing in bullsh*t, forming a narrative in your head.”

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

Canada’s Totalitarian Approach to COVID (Ft. Dr. Julie Ponesse)

Canada’s healthcare system didn’t have the capacity, the flexibility, the innovation or the robustness to handle a novel virus that disproportionately impacted the very old, the very weak and the very sick. Meanwhile, Canadians witnessed a colossal failure in leadership across the board — politics, government, media, business and even academia.

Dr. Julie Ponesse joins The Candice Malcolm Show to discuss Canada’s totalitarian approach to the pandemic. Dr. Ponesse recently walked away from her academic career after refusing to comply with Western University’s vaccine mandate. She says we are “living through a pandemic of coercion and compliance.”

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

COVID Lockdown Advocate Livestreams Himself Breaking Isolation Rules

A Calgary doctor who has been an outspoken supporter of government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions appears to have contracted COVID and live-streamed himself breaking isolation rules this week.

Joe Vipond, an emergency room physician and climate change activist, posted a long Twitter thread on Apr. 23, beginning with a “grumpy acknowledgement” that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Vipond, who said he was in Ottawa and travelling to a conference, obsesses over having contracted the virus despite his three doses of COVID-19 vaccine and his dogmatic use of a respirator mask and goggles while indoors.

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

Immunologist Dr. Byram Bridle Responds to Flawed ‘Study’ Used to Justify Unvaccinated Segregation

In this follow-up report, I am going to discuss the vaccinated versus unvaccinated claims espoused by the mainstream media with credentialed expert in the field of vaccinology, immunology and virology, Dr. Bryam Bridle who calls it a misrepresentation of the facts.

In less than 48 hours after the original “study” hit mainstream news, there have been multiple publications refuting these assumption-based findings. Bridle’s rebuttal, titled “Fiction Disguised as Science to Promote Hatred,” approaches the deeply flawed article from an immunological standpoint.

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

Live Updates: MPP Randy Hillier’s Bail Review Taking Place in Ottawa

The bail review of Independent MPP Randy Hillier is currently underway, following his release from jail after facing charges relating to his actions during the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa.

Criminal defence lawyer David Anber is representing the Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston MPP, and Anber’s associate Matthew Wolfson will be live-tweeting the proceedings.

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

Mounties More Concerned About Own Reputation Than Protecting Citizens

February 19 saw the dismantling of the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, which had come to demonstrate against vaccine mandates. That same day, messages from a private RCMP chat room were leaked. In the discussion, we could read messages that mocked the protesters and their injuries, which were caused by law enforcement. You can read Sheila Gunn Reid’s article about this.

We then proceeded to file an access to information request to find out how these RCMP members reacted following the discussions’ leak.

What we read in the 165 pages of documents we received was quite shocking! The RCMP did not seem to care about the lack of ethics on their part, but rather tried to cover it up and seemed to be more worried about the problems this leaked conversation could end up causing them.

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

MP Rebukes Trudeau Safety Minister for Restating Debunked Freedom Convoy Arson Claim

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — A Conservative MP interrupted Canada’s public safety minister while he was repeating the false claim that the Freedom Convoy protesters committed arson during the protest.

During Wednesday night’s committee meeting tasked with investigating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act, Conservative MP Glen Motz rebuked Liberal Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino after he brought up an arson attack unrelated to the anti-COVID mandate Freedom Convoy protesters as a justification for Trudeau invoking the unprecedented act against the demonstrators.

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

Vaccine Policy Double Standard for Canadian Chrysler Employees

Surely one of the most despicable examples of COVID-19-inspired coercion is what happened to hundreds and hundreds of Canadians these past several months: namely, employers demanding that they get the Coronavirus jab — or their jobs are toast. This policy was and continues to be nothing short of egregious bullying. And because of this coercion, too many honest, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens have been given an economic death sentence simply because they don’t want to put an experimental vaccine in their bodies. So much for “my body, my choice.”

Case in point: “Jim” (not his real name given that he will face repercussions if his identity is revealed, this being the age of cancel culture.) Jim works — or rather, he was working — at the Chrysler plant in Windsor, Ont. He had worked there for 23 years until he was suspended without pay for not getting jabbed. As a result, Jim feels betrayed by the government, his employer, and perhaps worst of all, his own union — Unifor.

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

‘A Return to the Middle Ages’ — If Russia Cuts Gas Deliveries, Czechia Could be in Serious Trouble

There are different assessments about the impact of a Russian gas cut to Czechia, but with the country receiving nearly all of its gas from Russia, the results could be dire.

“When someone says to shut down the valves with Russian gas, they have no idea what they are talking about. I do not wish a return to Middle Ages unto anyone,” said former Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek,

According to Topolanek, the Czech Republic could not quickly make up for the Russian gas. Czechia is 98 percent dependent on Russian gas, compared to just 31 percent for Poland. The consequences of Russia stopping the deliveries would thus be destructive for both households and businesses. In Topolanek’s view, Czechia could not depend on Germany or countries in south-eastern Europe either, as those would have to cover their needs first.

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

EU Chief Slams Russia’s Gas ‘Blackmail, ‘ Insists Bloc is Ready to Respond

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has claimed that Russia’s attempted blackmail through its suspension of gas supplies to certain European nations will not succeed, and assured European consumers that the bloc had prepared itself for such a measure.

The head of the lower house of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, praised the decision by Gazprom on Wednesday to cease gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria due to the countries’ refusal to pay for the provisions in rubles.

However, the European Commission chief hit back, insisting the move had come “as no surprise” to the bloc and insisted the two affected countries were now receiving gas supplies from their European neighbors.

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

EU Court Says Internet Upload Filters Don’t Violate Free Speech

In 2019, the European Parliament passed a new Copyright Directive to keep up with the current digital space. The directive contains a controversial Article 17 that requires online services to uphold copyright by licensing content or taking down content that violates copyright.

The provision has been opposed because its requirement for “upload filters” t0 scan all content uploaded to the internet and could lead to unnecessary content takedowns, more surveillance, and threats to free speech.

Protesting did not stop the legislation. So, Poland petitioned the Court of Justice of the European Union to annul Article 17, arguing it could violate EU citizens’ freedom of expression.

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

Exclusive: Right-Wing Alliance Gives the French an Opposition to Macron They Deserve, Says MEP

Member of the European Parliament Nicolas Bay, a vice president of Eric Zemmour’s party Reconquest, has called a right-wing party alliance essential going into the French parliamentary elections in order to have a real opposition to President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Bay is among the three vice presidents of Reconquest who have pushed for a united right-wing alliance ahead of June’s French legislative elections, along with Marine Le Pen’s niece Marion Marechal.

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

Germany Top Buyer of Russian Energy Since Ukraine Invasion Began

Figures compiled by an independent research group show that Germany has been the biggest single-country buyer of Russian energy in the first two months since the war in Ukraine began.

The study published by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) calculates that Russia has earned €63 billion ($66.5 billion) from fossil fuel exports since February 24.

The researchers worked out that Germany alone paid Russia about €9.1 billion ($9.65 billion) for fossil fuel deliveries in the two months following the start of Moscow’s invasion.

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

Germany: ‘Medical Emergencies’ in Berlin’s Road Traffic Accident Stats Are Piling Up

Since the 1970s, the number of road deaths in Germany and Austria has dropped by almost 90 percent. But now there are apparently signs of a trend reversal — and a nasty suspicion is doing the rounds.

Already since the second half of 2021, serious car collisions on open stretches of road and accidents involving several vehicles have been increasing. On German roads, up to nine such traffic accidents have been recorded in one day. Cyclists also fall every day without external impact and are usually no longer responsive when first responders arrive. Witnesses and those involved, but also government experts, are at a loss to explain these events.

After the person involved in the accident has been admitted to hospital, a hitherto very rare explanation then emerges, which, as is well known, has also been accumulating on sports fields for a good year: the patient suffered a “medical emergency”. Mostly heart attacks are diagnosed, more rarely strokes and pulmonary embolisms. The number of unreported cases is still unclear.

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

Hungarian Government Against International Liberal Mainstream, Says Minister

Hungary responds to the challenges to its sovereignty and traditions by strengthening its Christian traditions, Péter Szijjartó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said in Gyor, in northwest Hungary, on Friday.

Speaking at the inauguration of a national memorial site comprising the Kaptalandomb and the remains of the castle in the city centre, Szijjartó said the world had recently faced extreme challenges connected to financial and healthcare crises, migration and the war in Ukraine.

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

Hungary: Unbelievable! Fidesz Lead Over Opposition Widens After Election!

The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) parties would win 56 percent of the votes, while the united opposition would garner 34 percent if the elections were held this Sunday, the daily Magyar Nemzet said citing a recent poll by the Nézopont Institute. According to the representative poll conducted over the phone on a sample of 1,000 adults, the radical Mi Hazank (Our Homeland) party would again pass the parliamentary threshold with 5 percent of the votes, and the Two-tailed dog party would win 3 percent, Nézopont said.

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

Hungarian FM Expresses Concern Over Treatment of Slovakian Opposition

Szijjarto said that, according to press reports, efforts are being made to put the opposition leader behind bars, which “warrants closer attention than usual”.

Slovakia’s national criminal agency NAKA has launched a procedure against Robert Fico, the former prime minister and current leader of the opposition Social Democrats (Smer-SD), and his former interior minister Robert Kalinak on suspicion of setting up and supporting a criminal group and abuse of office.

Fico said at a press conference on Saturday that the charges were baseless and politically motivated. According to the politician, Slovakia is not a state governed by the rule of law but an “American province”. He said that it’s “not Hungary or Poland, but Slovakia is the ulcer on the body of Europe”.

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

Insulate Britain Protesters Glue Themselves to Court Furniture as They Appear Charged Over M25 Chaos…

…as Just Stop Oil activists are arrested after breaching injunction by demonstrating outside of oil terminal

Insulate Britain protesters today glued themselves to court furniture as they appeared before magistrates charged over chaos on the M25.

Activists had to be tackled by security staff at a court in Stratford before police arrived and cleared people out of the room as a hearing descended into farce.

Diana Warner, 63, appeared charged with causing a public nuisance at the Poyle Interchange at junction 14 of the M25 near Heathrow Airport on September 27.

However, before the hearing could begin she glued her hand to the window of the dock. ‘I have glued my hand,’ she told the court.

Liam Norton, 36, who had entered the court to support her, then walked up to the witness box while filming with his phone.

He was rushed and tackled by court staff as he approached the box. Warner then pulled her mobile phone out in the dock and began to film herself.

Ana Heyatawin, 58, also pulled her phone out and began to film the proceedings. She then glued her hand to a bench inside the court. Police officers then arrived, clearing the press from the court.

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

Internet Outage in French Cities After Apparent Coordinated Sabotage Campaign, Fibre Optic Lines Cut

Police have launched an investigation into coordinated physical attacks on infrastructure leaving several French cities with internet outages and slowdowns on Wednesday.

French internet service provider (ISP) Netalis released a statement on the incident saying the fibre optic links between Paris and Lyon and Paris and Strasbourg had suffered losses and slowdown, and noted that fibre optic lines had been found to be cut. While no group has been publicly identified as a perpetrator for the alleged sabotage at this stage, the attack is the latest in a line of recent such cases, many of which have been connected to hard-left anarchist groups.

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

Italy: Cook Gets Life for Decapitating Dishwasher

Two Bangladeshis fought in Turin last June

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 28 — A 25-year-old Bangladeshi cook was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday for decapitating a 25-year-old Bangladeshi pizzeria dishwasher in the victim’s home in Turin on June 9, 2021.

Mohamed Mostafa was found guilty of murdering Mohamed Ibrahim.

His lawyer said she would appeal saying that her client had reacted after being attacked by the victim.

Prosecutors said the pair quarreled over a debt or perhaps also a “fake marriage engagement”.

Mostafa was sending money to a young female relative in Bangladesh on the mistaken premise that the other man would marry her, they said.

After strangling Ibrahim, Mostafa beheaded him to stop his spirit pursuing him, the court heard.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Mar Jonio Ship Chaplain ‘Threatened by Libyan Mafia’

Father Mattia Ferrari says he has filed a criminal complaint

MODENA — Father Mattia Ferrari, a young priest at the diocese of Modena and Nonantola, has filed a criminal complaint in Modena to report threats he has received on a social media account allegedly run by Libyan traffickers and mafia members, local newspaper Gazzetta di Modena reports.

Ferrari served as chaplain on the ‘Mare Jonio’ migrant-rescue ship.

Father Ferrari explained that he went to prosecutors on Liberation Day, Monday, April 25: “Prosecutors in Modena are investigating. Periodically, this account, a mouthpiece of the Libyan mafia, threatens those helping migrants. On March 31, they threatened me heavily. The real problem is that this account is not only a mouthpiece of the Libyan mafia, but it is also connected to deviant secret services from several countries: occasionally, it published photos of military aircraft of Frontex, reserved documents and high-level secrets of Italian State and military agencies”, said Father Ferrari.

Democratic Left (PD) lawmaker Giuditta Pini also commented the case: “How could they have all this material? There is a mole. We ask this to the government”, she said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Poland: The 2nd Anders’s Army Corps on Display in Giulianova

After Montecassino Battle, it freed Marche and Emilia-Romagna

(ANSA) — GIULIANOVA, 27 APR — An exhibition dedicated to the Polish 2nd Army Corps opened in the ‘Riccardo Cerulli’ loggia of Giulianova (Teramo) to commemorate the role of the Polish army in the Liberation of Italy. Mayor Jwan Costantini and the Polish Ambassador to Italy, Anna Maria Anders, General Wladyslaw Anders’s daughter, cut the ribbon. The Polish Honorary Consul in Ancona, Cristina Gorajski, attended the ceremony. On display until next May 1, besides the 14 panels depicting the deeds of the Poles, are also some unpublished documents from the Soviet Politburo.

The 2nd Polish Army Corps was founded in 1941 in the Soviet Union, made up of soldiers taken prisoner by Stalin and deported to Siberia after the aggression against Poland in 1939. Under the command of General Wladyslaw Anders and incorporated in the 8th British Army, the Polish 2nd Army Corps, the army was transferred to Italy at the end of 1943 to support the Allies along the Gustav Line.

The Polish soldiers were guided by the motto “For our and your freedom,” in memory of the Italian-Polish collaboration of arms during the Risorgimento. After the conquest of Montecassino in May 1944, the Allies deployed the Poles on the Adriatic front, where they liberated numerous towns and cities in the Marche and Emilia-Romagna regions, including Ancona, Loreto, Pesaro, and Bologna.

The inauguration, organized by the historical researcher Walter De Berardinis in collaboration with the Biblioteca Civica ‘Bindi’, was attended, among others, by the director of the State Archives of Teramo, Ottavio Di Stanislao, the president of the Association of Families of Polish Fighters in Italy, Maurizio Nowak, the director of the Library and Civic Museums, Sirio Maria Pomante, and the children of Polish soldiers.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Rule-of-Law Mechanism Was Activated Against Hungary But Not Poland

Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for Budget and Administration, is sending a notification letter to Hungary on Wednesday, activating the mechanism linking European Union funding to the rule of law, EC Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said. Vera Jourova, the Vice-President for Values and Transparency, said on Twitter that the conditionality mechanism will be activated by the letter. “We identified issues that might be breaching [the rule of law] in HU and affect the EU budget,” she said. Blikk.hu wrote that the EC did not find ground to start the rule-of-law mechanism against Poland.

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

The West Must Double Down on Support for Ukraine, Says UK’s Truss

[The purpose is to stop the New World Order, see paragraph 3.]

Truss, in a speech due to be delivered on Wednesday evening, will warn of the need to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from claiming victory, and to use the war as a catalyst for a new world security order.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK Official Data: Vaccinated Kids More Than 52 Times More Likely to Die

Children’s risk of Death increases by 5100% following Covid-19 Vaccination compared to Unvaccinated Children according to official ONS data…

What the dataset also includes is ‘age-standardised mortality rates by age-group and vaccination status for all deaths’, however they have conveniently left out the data for children, and only included data on age groups over the age of 18.

However, on table 9 of the ‘Deaths by Vaccination Status’ dataset, the ONS have inadvertently provided enough details on deaths among children and teenagers by vaccination status for us to calculate the mortality rates ourselves, and to put it bluntly, they are horrifying, and make it obvious as to why the ONS chose to exclude children from the mortality rates dataset.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: ‘Disgusting!’ Convicted Paedophile MP Imran Khan Served on Government Grooming Gang Panel

Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who was found guilty earlier this month of sexually assaulting a teenage boy, has been revealed to have been appointed to a panel on child predator grooming gangs by the Conservative party.

The Conservative MP, who was elected to parliament in 2019 to represent Wakefield, was appointed by Priti Patel’s Home Office in 2020 to serve on an advisory panel with the purpose of producing a policy paper on grooming gangs entitled “Group-based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending,” The Guardian reported this week.

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

UK: During the Pandemic More Teens Experienced Symptoms of Depression

Depressive symptoms among adolescents increased by about 6 percent during the pandemic, according to new research from the United Kingdom.

The study, published in Royal Society Open Science Wednesday, also found that life satisfaction decreased among adolescents during the pandemic — a trend that was more pronounced in girls compared to boys.

Mental health issues steadily increased before the pandemic, potentially due to increased screen time, bullying, and academic pressure.

These symptoms worsened during the pandemic as schools and offices closed, and people experienced more social isolation, disruptions in their routines, and chronic stress.

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

UK: Only 3% of Reported COVID Deaths Due to COVID Only

The UK Government claims over 160,000 people have died of Covid-19 in England since March 2020, and they have used these claimed deaths to frighten people into compliance with ridiculous rules for the past two years.

But reports published by England’s National Health Service (NHS) reveal that as of 20th April 2022, … just 5,115 have been solely attributed to Covid-19…

However, there is something else that is unusual…

Overall Covid-19 deaths have increased by 163.5% since the first Covid-19 injection was administered in England.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Police Finally Remove Eco Zealots After They Shut Down Two M25 Petrol Stations for Seven Hours as Group Led by ‘John Lennon-Lookalike’ Who Was Jailed Over Climate Protests Targeted Forecourts During Rush-Hour

Two M25 petrol stations has finally reopened seven hours after eco zealots targeted them in the latest protests from Just Stop Oil.

A total of 35 people have been arrested following the action that included activists gluing themselves to the pumps, to forecourt signs and to vehicles on Cobham Services in Surrey and Clacket Lane Services in Tatsfield.

‘John Lennon lookalike’ Louis McKechnie who has already been jailed over climate protests was able to lead a mob that blocked two M25 petrol stations for five hours during rush hour before smashing up the pumps.

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

Ukraine: Milan Prosecutors Probe Case of Italian Fighter

Former minor league player quit soccer to join war effort

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 26 — Milan anti-terrorism prosecutors have opened a probe in to the case of Ivan Luca Vavassori, a former minor-league professional footballer who quit soccer to join the international brigade and fight with the Ukraine army after the Russian invasion, sources said Tuesday.

It had been feared that the 29-year-old had been killed in a Russian attack on Mariupol but his father said on Monday that he is still alive.

No one has been formally placed under investigation with respect to the probe at the moment, the sources said.

The probe will look into whether there is an illegal network to recruit volunteers or mercenaries to fight in Ukraine, the sources said.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Antifa Beats Woman in German Clothing Store, Coordinates Attacks in Multiple Cities

Disturbing footage has gone viral of left-wing extremists attacking staff and vandalizing stores stocking the fashion brand Thor Steinar, often accused of being a popular brand of the far-right, in what appears to be a series of coordinated attacks in cities across Germany.

The attacks took place on Saturday, and incidents ranging from suspicious activity to assault were reported in Erfurt, Dresden, Magdeburg, Schwerin, Halle, and Berlin.

In footage of the incident in Erfurt, four hooded left-wing extremists can be seen repeatedly hitting a female member of staff who is lying on the ground. They target he legs, feet, and head with a baton. In the end, they attacked the young mother with pepper spray, leaving the victim writhing in pain.

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

‘We Are Free of Russian Gas!’ Polish PM Morawiecki Praises Government’s Energy Diversification Program After Russia Turns Off the Taps

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki used the decision by Gazprom to stop supplying gas to the country over its refusal to pay for Russian energy imports in rubles to demonstrate Poland’s independence from Russian gas.

Speaking at the GAZ-System headquarter in Rembelszczyzna near Warsaw on Wednesday, Morawiecki praised Poland’s “anticipation and wisdom” for having already introduced measures to ensure the country is “independent of Russia in terms of gas supplies.”

“We cannot be blackmailed,” the Polish prime minister said. “We have just demonstrated the meaning of responsible long-term diversification policies that take care of Polish security.”

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

Wikipedia Deletes the Page of Alessandro Orsini, The Professor Criticized for “Counter-Current” Views on the War in Ukraine

The founder of the Luiss International Security Observatory has been criticized in recent days for his statements on the war in Ukraine: “I am under tremendous pressure not to return to television”, he wrote a few days ago on social media

“I am under tremendous pressure not to go back on television to talk about the war in Ukraine”. This is what the professor said on 10 March Alessandro Orsiniwhile today the controversy is the news of the cancellation of his Wikipedia page. The professor of Sociology of international terrorism, as well as director and founder of the Luiss International Security Observatory, had recently become the protagonist of the social debate following some statements made on Putin come on Zelensky during the’last episode of ‘PiazzaPulita’. “We must isolate Zelensky, he is leading us towards the Third World War”, “if Putin is an animal, then among animals we can find a compromise for peace”: these were some of the strong phrases pronounced during the La7 program. Surely “counter-current” opinions on the war in Ukrainewhich led him several times to confrontation and criticism, because they are probably much closer to pro-Russian propaganda than to Western ones.

“A university professor must speak to everyone: right, center left, but also with any religious denomination and cultural organization. He should have undergraduates and students of all political and ideological orientations. My knowledge is not mine. I would never say: “I am not coming to speak at your conference on the war in Ukraine because I have a different political position from yours”. To be himself, a university professor must belong to everyone. I thank all those who are inviting me to speak at conventions and conferences, and I apologize for the many denials. I promise that, when I am in a position to do so, I will participate in the conferences on Ukraine organized both by the right-wing parties and those organized by the center and left parties.”, Commented Orsini in recent days. The professor then continued to comment on some criticisms of his media exposure.

“Today I left the Messenger. I apologize to all those who signed up for a subscription just to read my articles “Alessandro Orsini wrote again on Facebook on March 16. It’s still: “There is a virulent smear campaign against me made up of fake news. There are no problems. I love those who hate me. The Italian government has approved the shipment of weapons to Ukraine: anti-aircraft Stinger missiles, Spike anti-tank missiles, Browning machine guns, MG machine guns, ammunition “, wrote the professor before announcing his entry into the editorial office of the Fatto Quotidiano. For a few hours, even the news of the cancellation of his Wikipedia page has been circulating. Professor, author or journalist, none of the three addresses is available on the well-known multimedia encyclopedia. “The autonomy of thought is a bitter coffee, which the couriers of unthought thought sip grimly every Thursday”, the person concerned wrote in a post this morning. Could he have been referring to media censorship? Maybe, it would be the final piece to this sorry puzzle.

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

With a Divided Right, France Could Elect a Radical Left-Wing Parliament in June

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) does not seem too keen on changing its losing strategy after Le Pen’s second consecutive defeat by Emmanuel Macron, although it is the very strategy that made it see a third of its regional and departmental councilors flee the party between its first big success in the 2015 local elections and its defeat in the 2021 local elections when it lost even more of its councilors.

The French president is thus going to be handed a magnificent opportunity to secure a new absolute majority in parliament with the radical left as the only sizable parliamentary opposition. This is despite the fact that Marine Le Pen, Éric Zemmour, and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the three candidates of the patriotic right — the one that is labeled “far-right” by the French media — together obtained more than 32 percent of the votes on April 10, which is as much as the left and the far left combined.

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

Spain Vows Not to Send Gas to Morocco After Algeria Warning

Deputy PM says relations with neighbours very important

(ANSAmed) — MADRID, APRIL 28 — “The commitment taken with Algeria is that not even a single molecule of gas that reaches Morroco will be from gas coming from Algeria,” Spain’s deputy prime minister and minister for ecological transition Teresa Ribera said Thursday after Algeria threatened to rescind contracts with Spain if its gas were to end up in Morocco.

“For us it is extraordinarily important to have good relations with our neighbours, especially Morocco and Algeria,” Ribera said during an event organised with Radio Cadena Ser.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Engineered Global Food Crisis? More Claims of Russia Deliberately Bombing Grain Silos

After weeks of claims about Russia deliberately sabotaging Ukraine’s food production and export infrastructure, the Ukrainian state has published images claiming to be just such an attack on food and energy equipment in the embattled east of the nation.

Images showing a burnt-out grain elevator and a shell-pocked steel warehouse were published by Kyiv state media Ukrinform on Wednesday, along with claims Russian forces had shelled both “a large grain elevator” and a power plant in the eastern Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, which borders Russian-occupied zones. A grain elevator is a key component of a silo, which carries the produce from ground level upwards for dry storage.

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

Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Russia’s military is advancing slowly in Ukraine’s east, with the apparent aim of cutting off Ukrainian forces, and has yet to achieve a breakthrough, according to analysts.

Ukraine filed its first war-crime charges against Russian soldiers, accusing 10 of taking civilians hostage and mistreating them in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres visited Kyiv to meet with the Ukrainian president.

Ukrainian farmers said Russian forces have riddled fields with mines and destroyed equipment in what Kyiv says is a campaign to hobble the country’s agriculture industry.

Washington: President Biden asked Congress for $33 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, and to approve legislation targeting Russian oligarchs. The U.S. is running short of some weapons amid efforts to arm Ukraine.

Oil and Gas: Germany is ready to stop buying Russian oil, clearing the way for an EU import ban, government officials said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of what he called energy blackmail to keep European countries from aiding Kyiv.

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

Belgium: Leftist Leader Admits Multiculturalism Has Failed

A leftist leader in Belgium caused alarm amongst his own political allies after admitting that multiculturalism had failed.

Speaking about Molenbeek, an area of Brussels with a 40 per cent Muslim population, Conner Rousseau said, “When I drive through Molenbeek, I don’t feel like I’m in Belgium.”

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

Italian Migrant NGO Head May Face 18 Years in Prison for Aiding Illegals

The head of a pro-migration NGO in Italy faces up to 18 years in prison after being indicted over allegations of aiding illegal immigration by purchasing bus tickets for migrants.

Andrea Costa, the president of the Baobab Experience, which assists migrants in Rome, has claimed that he faces prison for buying tickets for migrants from Sudan and Chad.

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

Reps. Gaetz, Jordan Grill SEC. Mayorkas Over Chaos at Southern Border

On Thursday, the House panel on the southern border continued its grilling of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Mayorkas faced fiery criticism from Reps. Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan over his inability to control the chaos at the southern border.

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

Sweden: Suspected Afghan Migrant Arrested for Raping Woman, Throwing Her Down Mine Shaft

Swedish police have arrested a man believed to be an Afghan migrant for allegedly raping a woman and pushing her down a mine shaft after she refused to marry him, according to reports.

On April 22, a man was walking with his children near the municipality of Norberg when they heard cries for help from an old mining hole nearby.

Emergency services were alerted and an injured woman was pulled by helicopter from a depth of approximately 75 feet deep, Aftonbladet reports.

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

UK: Is Priti’s Rwanda Threat Working? Zero Migrants Have Crossed Channel in Nine Days Since New Asylum Scheme Was Announced (But New Royal Navy Patrols and ‘Strong Winds’ Could Also be a Cause)

No migrants have arrived in small boats across the English Channel for nearly ten days in what is being claimed as an early victory for the Government’s new scheme for sending asylum seekers to Rwanda.

The last migrants to arrive at Dover in Kent were a total of 263 across seven small boats on April 19 — and Ministry of Justice data has revealed not a single adult or child has made it across since, up to and including yesterday.

It also comes amid a new strategy to deal with Channel migrants launched on April 14 which saw the military take charge of attempts to control crossings with a joint task force drawn from the Navy, Army and Air Force in Kent.

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

Kansas Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto on Transgender Sports Ban Bill

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

The Kansas Senate on Monday voted to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto on The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, a bill that would ban biological male athletes from competing in women’s school sports across the state.

Also known as SB 160, the legislation “requires interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by public educational institutions” to ban male students from joining teams or sports “designated for females.”

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

‘Transphobe Finder’ List Targets Women to be Reported, Removed From Twitter

It turns out that women who believe in biological reality have been intentionally targeted via a “Report a transphobe” list that was organized and maintained for the purpose of identifying and harassing people.

People who are on the “Transphobe” list include journalist and author Julie Bindel, Linda Blade, a Canadian coach and advocate for women’s sports, biologist and writer Colin Wright, podcaster Sydney Watson, Chris Elston, or Billboard Chris, who travels the US and Canada to engage in discussion about gender transition of children, along with thousands of others.

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

3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/28/2022

  1. Can transsexuals obtain and experience orgasm in their surgically constructed guise?

    In his Everything you Wanted to Know about sex but were afraid to ask, Doctor Rubin tells us that male-to-female transsexuals become vulnerable to breast cancer.

  2. Defence chief:
    possible Russian attack on Sweden

    Published 29 April 2022 at 13.02

    It is quite possible that Russia decides to use armed force against Sweden to keep the Nordic country out of NATO, according to assessors in the Armed Forces.

    The road into NATO
    Sweden and Finland to apply to NATO at the same time
    SD also says no to referendum on NATO
    No US security guarantee for Swedish NATO application
    FOI warns against NATO application without nuclear guarantee
    SVT deceives viewers about NATO entry
    Show all

    – It’s not something that we rule out and we note that the threshold that has normally existed from Russia, and has generally been quite low throughout history, for using military force is if possible even lower now. I think we should be clear and honest about that state. We are not ruling out military force or armed violence,” says Michael Claesson, the head of the Swedish Defence Forces, to DN.

    According to him, the threats that the Russian leadership makes publicly should be taken as a starting point and taken very seriously. Russia is talking about “military technical measures”, which in Ukraine’s case meant invasion of the country, but could also mean launching certain weapons systems in the vicinity of Sweden.

    – Everything the Russians say should be taken seriously. But the important thing is to understand, translate and analyse the information correctly. It is a threat and is intended to make us feel threatened, says Michael Claesson to DN.

    The government, the US and the Swedish media have tried to make it sound like the UK and the US are ready to provide security guarantees for Sweden until an application for NATO membership has been granted. In reality, however, there are no such guarantees, but what the US is talking about is, according to Aftonbladet, “security enhancing measures” in the form of exercises on Swedish soil.

    Before the invasion, Ukraine had similar cooperation with the US.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.