Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2022

A man named Jeremy Smith has been arrested for shooting and wounding three women in a Koreatown hair salon in Dallas last week. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, since the victims are Asian and the alleged perpetrator is African-American.

In other news, a Syrian migrant has been arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old female Ukrainian refugee in the Austrian town of Weyer.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Breaking: Washington Gas Stations Run Out of Gas, Add Extra Digit in Anticipation of $10 Dollar Prices
» The EU is Continuing to Push the Idea of a Digital Euro
» UK Rents Soars to Record 14-Year High
» UK: Food Prices Could Go Up by 10% This Year, M&S Boss Warns
 
USA
» “They Fall Silent”: Media Criticized for Not Caring About Church Mass Shooting Carried Out by Chinese Gunman
» Anti-CRT School Board Candidates Look for Wins Across NY State
» Appalling: Teen Girl Disappears at NBA Game and Turns Up 11 Days Later in Nude Photos on Sex Trafficking Site
» At Least 7 Hurt in Minor Explosion at Nail Salon Near Baltimore
» Biden Faces Criticism for Visiting Buffalo Having Skipped Visit to Waukesha
» Biden Admin to Ease Sanctions on Venezuela to Facilitate Oil Imports
» Breaking: Twitter Exec Mocks Elon Musk’s Free Speech Commitment, Jokes About Asperger’s
» Breaking: Elon Musk Says He’ll Vote Republican After Years of Voting Democrat
» Breaking: Twitter Urges Employees to Watch Out for Project Veritas
» Dallas Shooting Suspect Harbored Delusions About Asian People, Police Say
» Defense Officials: Reports of Unidentified Objects ‘Frequent, Continuing’
» Elon Musk Compares Biden’s Reliance on Teleprompter to Gag in Parody Movie ‘Anchorman’
» Elon Musk’s Twitter Detractors Were Subsidized With $10.5 Million in Taxpayer Funds
» FBI Witness in Sussmann Trial Says Trump-Alfa Bank Allegation Was ‘Far-Reaching, ‘ Not Objective
» Gen. Flynn Files $50 Million Claim Against Feds
» Guess How Many Graduation Speakers at Top Colleges Are Conservative?
» Husband Charged With Wife’s Possible ‘Mercy Killing’ In Burlington County, Officials Say
» Leftist Students Violently Disrupt TPUSA High School Meeting in Missouri, Destroy School Property
» Mayor: Pedestrian Killed, Others Injured When Speeding Driver Crashes in Paterson
» Miami County Man Dead, Son in Custody After Stabbing
» Musk’s Twitter Deal ‘On Hold’ Until CEO Proves Bot Accounts Are Less Than 5 Percent of Users
» Nancy Pelosi Says There Needs to be a “Balance” to Free Speech
» Netflix Cuts 150 Workers in New Round of Layoffs
» New Research Shows “Harvesting Blood & Body Parts of the Young” Could Help Achieve “Immortality”
» Police Arrest Man in Connection With Dallas Salon Shooting That Left Three Korean Women Injured
» Police Aren’t Happy With Facial Recognition Surveillance Bans
» Portland-Area Leftist Arrested for Child Sex Crimes, Urinating in Arby’s Milkshake Mix at Work
» Supreme Court Accepts Case Challenging Constitutionality of SEC’s in-House Judges
» ‘The Game is Over’: Google’s DeepMind Says it is on Verge of Achieving Human-Level AI
» Trump Support of Dr. Oz Puts Kingmaker Status to the Test in 3-Way Pennsylvania GOP Primary Race
» Work-Related Trips Down 20 Percent in US as Commuters Prefer to Stay Home
 
Canada
» Are Parents’ Rights Over Their Children Now at Risk in Quebec?
» Governing Bodies Unconcerned About Widely Shared, Flawed Data on COVID Transmission
» JCCF Lawyer Hatim Kheir on Landmark Court Victory on Right to Protest in Alberta
» Join US Live in Calgary for the Premiere of Trucker Rebellion
» Nine Times Liberal Claims About the Freedom Convoy Were Officially Disputed
» No “Direct Request” For Emergencies Act, Ottawa Police Chief Says
» Poilievre Approval Rating Soars Over Charest Among Conservative Supporters
» Watch: Have COVID-19 Restrictions Permanently Lowered Church Attendance?
» Watch: Pierre Poilievre Joins Dr. Jordan Peterson to Discuss ‘How to Solve Canada’s Biggest Problems’
 
Europe and the EU
» Body of Czech Volunteer Fighter Discover in Mass Grave Near Kyiv
» British Government Slashing Funding to United Nations, Will Use Aid Cash to Counter China Belt and Road
» EU States Fail to Agree on Russian Sanctions as Hungary Dissents Despite Proposed Exemption
» Finland’s Parliament Votes to Join NATO Amid Russia’s War in Ukraine
» France: Eagles of Death Metal Members Testify in Islamist Bataclan Attack Trial
» French City Votes to Allow Muslim Women to Swim in Burqa-Bikini Suits
» Germany: SPS Suffers Historic Defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia
» Hungarian Cardinal Seen as Possible Successor to Ailing Pope Francis
» Lockdown Forever! Forced Masking Continues Despite EU Lifting Lockdown Rules on Flights
» Orban Warns West is Subjecting Itself to “Suicide Waves” of Decline
» Poland Stands Ready to Help Ukraine Shift Grain and Prevent Global Crisis, Agriculture Minister Affirms
» Poland: COVID-19 Pandemic Downgraded to a ‘State of Epidemic Threat’
» Political Correctness is France’s New Religion
» Rebel News is Sending an All-Star Team to Cover the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting
» Sweden: Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Mars Rock, But No Signs of Life
» Sweden: Teens Arrested After Bomb Found at Stockholm Subway Station
» Sweden Officially Signs Formal NATO Membership Request, Ends 200 Years of Neutrality
» UK Police Are Solving the Lowest Ever Proportion of Crimes After Focussing on Speech Offenses
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Storm Five-Star Central London Hotel
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Reuters Uses Image of Paintball Guns in Ukraine War Story
 
Australia — Pacific
» Thousands March for Freedom and Against Major Political Parties in Brisbane Rally
 
Immigration
» Austria: Syrian Migrant Suspected of Raping 15-Year-Old Ukrainian Refugee Girl
» France: Illegal Tunisian Immigrant Accused of Raping English Woman Directly on a Street in Nice
» Germany: A Third of Failed Asylum Seekers Able to Gain Residency on Appeal
» More Than 300 Migrants Arrive in UK as Crossings Continue for Fourth Day in a Row: Asylum-Seekers Land on Kent Beach as Total Numbers Making Crossing the Year Rises Above 8,500 Despite Risk of Rwanda Deportation
» Revealed: How YOU Are Paying for Migrants to Take Charter Flights: Secret Taxpayer-Funded Trips Costing Tens of Thousands of Dollars Ferry Asylum Seekers From Border to Inland Cities Ahead of Title 42 Rush Next Week
 
Culture Wars
» Girl Bullied Out of School for Saying ‘Sex Exists’ Gains Support From JK Rowling
» Jordan Peterson Takes a Break From Twitter: It’s ‘Maddening is All’
» Judge Strikes Down California Law Requiring Women on Corporate Boards
» They Just Won’t Stop
» Wrong Side of History: J.K. Rowling Blasts Pro-Trans Antifa After Feminist Attacked at Suffragette Statue
 

Breaking: Washington Gas Stations Run Out of Gas, Add Extra Digit in Anticipation of $10 Dollar Prices

Gas stations across the US are running out of fuel and in anticipation of an increase in gas prices, gas stations in the state of Washington are reportedly reprogramming pumps to include double-digit numbers in “price per gallon” as the current trend could put prices over $10.00.

At the 76 Gas Station in Auburn, Washington located at 1725 Auburn Way North, gas pumps have been reprogrammed to make room for double-digit pricing. In March, they still had single-digit programming.

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

The EU is Continuing to Push the Idea of a Digital Euro

The European Union is using the crash of TerraUSD (UST), a stablecoin that had the highest market capitalization, to promote its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

Speaking at an event at the National College of Ireland, executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) Fabio Panetta said the ECB’s CBDC testing phase will begin in 2023, with the full rollout planned for 2026. Member countries will be allowed to test the Digital Euro for three years before it can be publicly used.

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

UK Rents Soars to Record 14-Year High

Rental prices in the UK have surged to a record 14-year high, the highest growth since the global financial crisis in 2008, as tenants come under pressure amid the tightest cost of living squeeze since the 1970s.

New analysis from Zoopla, published on Tuesday, found prices were up 11% in the first quarter of 2022 to £995 ($1,217) a month, an extra £88 a month compared to the start of the pandemic.

This was driven by high rental demand and limited supply.

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

UK: Food Prices Could Go Up by 10% This Year, M&S Boss Warns

The chairman of Marks and Spencer (MKS.L) warned on Tuesday that the price shoppers pay for food in stores could soar by 10% this year, adding to the rising cost of living gripping households.

Archie Norman told the BBC’s Today Programme: “It wouldn’t be surprising to see food price inflation over the course of the year running towards 8%-10%, but we don’t know that yet.”

Norman, a former Tory MP, also said the crunch time for many households would come after the summer holidays when they find “there is nothing left in the kitty”.

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

“They Fall Silent”: Media Criticized for Not Caring About Church Mass Shooting Carried Out by Chinese Gunman

The legacy media and NGOs are facing criticism for largely ignoring another mass shooting over the weekend at a church in Laguna Woods which was carried out by a Chinese-born gunman who targeted Taiwanese people.

68-year-old David Chou drove to Orange County to attend a a lunch held by Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the community of Laguna Woods.

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

Anti-CRT School Board Candidates Look for Wins Across NY State

NEW YORK (TND) — School board elections are taking place all over New York Tuesday, and a list of anti-critical race theory (CRT) candidates are hoping for big wins.

The 1776 project, an organization that sprouted to counter the liberal 1619 Project, published a tweet Tuesday afternoon with a list of candidates it was endorsing in the state’s school board elections, arguing they “will stand against woke CRT madness.”

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

Appalling: Teen Girl Disappears at NBA Game and Turns Up 11 Days Later in Nude Photos on Sex Trafficking Site

A 15-year-old girl attended a Dallas Mavericks basketball game at the American Airlines Center with her dad on April 8, 2022. She got up to use the restroom and never came back.

Fast Facts:

The girl went to the restroom before halftime. When she didn’t return, the father told security she was missing. The arena was searched, the girl wasn’t found, and the father was told to go home.

Surveillance video shows the girl leaving the arena with a man in his 40s.

The father called the Dallas Police Department and was told to call the cops in his hometown of North Richland Hills, thinking the girl was a runaway. The North Richland Hills Police in turn told him to call the Dallas Police because that is where she disappeared.

The American Airlines Center claims the man who was seen leaving with the girl got in with a counterfeit ticket.

Eleven days later her parents were sent a nude picture of her from a sex trafficking site.

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

At Least 7 Hurt in Minor Explosion at Nail Salon Near Baltimore

At least 7 people were hurt after an explosion at a nail salon west of Baltimore, fire officials said.

It happened Monday night at Libra Nails & Spa in Woodlawn, Maryland.

Someone called police about 9:15 p.m. for a “criminal complaint” before a minor explosion went off, NBC’s Baltimore affiliate, WBAL-TV, reported.

Baltimore County officers responded and encountered a person who refused to leave, police said in a news release. He refused to follow officers’ commands and ran to the back of the store where he started a fire that produced an explosion, police said.

Firefighters found smoke coming from the rear of the salon and extinguished a fire quickly, fire officials said. The blaze did not spread to neighboring businesses, but they were damaged by the blast, officials said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Faces Criticism for Visiting Buffalo Having Skipped Visit to Waukesha

President Biden is facing accusations of double standards after immediately announcing he would visit the site of the Buffalo mass shooting, having failed to visit Waukesha after last year’s Christmas parade massacre.

Biden immediately denounced the tragedy in Buffalo as “a hate crime, racially-motivated act of white supremacy and violent extremism.”

However, the same level of denunciation was noticeably absent when a black supremacist and BLM supporter with a history of anti-white statements, including calling white people “the enemy,” killed five people and injured dozens of others during a Christmas parade.

As we previously highlighted, Darrell Edward Brooks Jr drove in a zig zag pattern in order to “hit as many” people as possible, confirming that the massacre was a deliberate attack.

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

Biden Admin to Ease Sanctions on Venezuela to Facilitate Oil Imports

The Biden White House said on Tuesday that it will relax its sanctions on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro so long as a commitment is made to have diologue in Mexico City with Venezuela’s opposition movement.

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

Breaking: Twitter Exec Mocks Elon Musk’s Free Speech Commitment, Jokes About Asperger’s

On Tuesday night, Project Veritas released part two of their bombshell Twitter exposé. This time they got lead client partner Alex Martinez on camera saying that Twitter as a company cares more about ideology than making money. But simultaneously, the employee expresses the thought that Twitter’s rules are what keeps advertisers happy.

What’s made clear is that Twitter’s ideologically-driven staffers believe free speech takes second place to some greater cause, such as “for the planet.” Martinez says this sect of the company will rebel against Elon Musk’s plans.

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

Breaking: Elon Musk Says He’ll Vote Republican After Years of Voting Democrat

Speaking to the All-In podcast on Monday, Elon Musk said that after years of only voting for Democrats, he would vote Republican for the first time ever.

“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,” Musk said.

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

Breaking: Twitter Urges Employees to Watch Out for Project Veritas

A memo sent from Twitter to staff members and obtained by Project Veritas reveals that the big tech giant is warning employees to be vigilent of groups like Veritas, who recently released video showing a Twitter employee admitting the company’s biases.

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

Dallas Shooting Suspect Harbored Delusions About Asian People, Police Say

Jeremy Smith, 36, arrested on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon over Koreatown hair salon attack that left three wounded

Authorities in Dallas said on Tuesday the man suspected of opening fire in a hair salon in the city’s Koreatown and wounding three women of Asian descent harbored delusions about Asian people since having a car crash involving an Asian man two years ago.

Police identified the gunman as Jeremy Smith, 36, and said he has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Smith was booked early on Tuesday is being held in Dallas county jail.

The shooting is being investigated as a hate crime by the FBI along with the US attorney’s office for the northern district of Texas and the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice.

Dallas police earlier arrested Smith in connection with the shooting , and federal officials are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Dallas police chief Eddie Garcia has said the shooting at Hair World Salon could be connected to two other shootings at businesses run by Asian Americans…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Defense Officials: Reports of Unidentified Objects ‘Frequent, Continuing’

May 17 (UPI) — Pentagon officials told a House panel Tuesday that reports of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” are getting more frequent — and there is not always a ready explanation.

In an open session of the House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee, Defense Under Secretary Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director of Navy Intelligence Scott Bray showed short videos of objects encountered by U.S. military that remained undefined.

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

Elon Musk Compares Biden’s Reliance on Teleprompter to Gag in Parody Movie ‘Anchorman’

Outspoken billionaire entrepreneur and potential Twitter buyer Elon Musk is now taking aim at President Biden, suggesting his public presidency is no better than “whoever controls the teleprompter.”

Musk, who’s putting on hold his multibillion-dollar bid to buy Twitter over its true number of accounts, made the comment on a recent All-In podcast.

“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter,” he said. “The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.”

He compared the situation to the 2004 TV news parody movie “Anchorman.”

“I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like ‘Anchorman,’“ he said, referring to a running gag in the comedy in which Will Ferrell’s character, news anchor Ron Burgundy, will read anything presented to him on the teleprompter without a second thought.

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

Elon Musk’s Twitter Detractors Were Subsidized With $10.5 Million in Taxpayer Funds

Topline

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion has 26 activist and progressive policy organizations urging the platform’s advertisers to demand that Musk do as they say or face an advertising boycott.

But some of these groups have benefited from our tax dollars while critics say they try to limit free speech and control the flow of information on Twitter.

Big number

Those 26 organizations penned a letter at the beginning of May when they heard the Tesla Motors CEO was buying the social media company that banned then-President Donald Trump.

They urged Twitter’s advertisers to push back against Musk’s plans to reverse Trump’s ban, among other things.

In recent years, those activist organizations collectively received about $10.5 million in federal funds — mostly pandemic aid in FY2020.

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

FBI Witness in Sussmann Trial Says Trump-Alfa Bank Allegation Was ‘Far-Reaching, ‘ Not Objective

An FBI agent testifying Tuesday on the second day of the trial of 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann discredited evidence Sussmann gave the agency attempting to connect the Trump Organization with Russia’s Alfa Bank, a purported hotline to the Kremlin.

Describing a white paper analyzing internet data between the email server of the Trump Organization and the Russian Alfa Bank as “not objective” and “far-reaching,” FBI Special Agent Scott Hellman said the authors’ conclusion of a secret communications channel “didn’t ring true at all.”

Special Counsel John Durham last year charged Sussmann with lying to the FBI when he allegedly told then-FBI general counsel James Baker that he was not working on behalf of any client while providing him with since-debunked collusion allegations.

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

Gen. Flynn Files $50 Million Claim Against Feds

Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was famously prosecuted and persecuted by the Obama DOJ and the Mueller machine, has filed a claim of $50 million against several federal offices and agencies, and his lawyer promises he will sue if his demand is rejected.

Flynn quietly filed the Form 95 Civil Claim on Feb. 24 of this year. The claim is directed to the FBI, the DOJ, the Executive Office of the President, the Special Counsel’s Office, and the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office. In the claim, Flynn seeks “Compensatory damages including but not limited to lost past and future earnings/revenue, emotional distress, lost opportunity to be President’s National Security Advisor, significant restraints of personal liberty, attorney fees/expenses and court costs in defending against malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false arrest, et al. activities of FBI, DOJ, and the White House.”

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

Guess How Many Graduation Speakers at Top Colleges Are Conservative?

It’s graduation season, which means that parents across the nation are gearing up for graduation ceremonies. Of course, one of the traditions as old as graduation itself is the guest speaker who delivers a stirring and inspiring address to the graduates and their family and friends in attendance.

Every year, celebrities, politicians, and CEOs speak at college graduations. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that left-leaning speakers are prominent at college commencement ceremonies, but what’s astonishing is that, in 2022, only three of the top 100 colleges and universities are featuring conservative speakers.

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

Husband Charged With Wife’s Possible ‘Mercy Killing’ In Burlington County, Officials Say

PHILADELPHIA — An 84-year-old man is being charged with murder in the death of his wife.

Dan Mook is accused of stabbing his 82-year-old wife to death, then turning the knife on himself.

Officials say police found the suspect with multiple self-inflicted cuts and stab wounds at an assisted living facility in Burlington County on Sunday. He survived the stabbing and is said to be in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital.

His wife, Sharon Mook, was found dead in their bedroom. Her cause of death was multiple stab and slash wounds, according to an autopsy.

Officials believe Dan may have stabbed his wife in a mercy killing, because he was concerned she was suffering. She was reportedly in poor health.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Leftist Students Violently Disrupt TPUSA High School Meeting in Missouri, Destroy School Property

Left-wing students violently disrupted a Turning Point USA meeting at Lee’s Summit West High School in Missouri on Monday which caused the administration to shut down the conservative group’s event.

The disgruntled leftist students forced their way into the school’s library where the meeting was being held and used violence and intimidation to instill fear in the conservative group advocating for basic principles that align with the nation’s founding, according to Turing Point USA.

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

Mayor: Pedestrian Killed, Others Injured When Speeding Driver Crashes in Paterson

One person was killed and at least five others injured after a driver sped down a busy road in Paterson, striking six people and several vehicles.

Paterson’s mayor says that the driver may have been wanted for another incident earlier in the day where a police officer was injured.

“I was in a meeting and I heard a crash,” says Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh.

The mayor was inside Paterson City Hall Tuesday afternoon when the crash happened. He saw the aftermath of the crash and described it as “tragic.”

Sayegh’s security detail and other officers assigned to City Hall were among the first to respond to the crash a block away on Main and Market streets.

“It looks like this gentleman was traveling at a high rate of speed…he was breaking the law as far as the speed limit is concerned,” Sayegh says. “He lost control of his car and…struck seven people.”

Officials say that one of those people was killed on the spot. The others were rushed to nearby hospitals — some in critical condition…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Miami County Man Dead, Son in Custody After Stabbing

May 17 — A Miami County man is dead and his son is in custody after a report of a domestic incident Monday evening in Newton Township near Covington.

Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said deputies were called to a house in the 6000 block of Myers Road on a report of a domestic incident that involved a stabbing.

On arrival, they found a 72-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest at least once. Deputies attempted life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene, the sheriff said.

Deputies arrested the man’s adult son, who is in his late 30s to early 40s and lives in the home, Duchak said.

The sheriff said they don’t know what happened leading up to the stabbing but said that the victim’s wife was present when it happened…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Musk’s Twitter Deal ‘On Hold’ Until CEO Proves Bot Accounts Are Less Than 5 Percent of Users

Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday that his purchasing of Twitter would remain on hold until the tech giant can prove that fewer than five percent of accounts are bots.

Musk’s offer to buy Twitter was “based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate,” which claimed that fewer than five percent of the accounts on the site were bots.

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

Nancy Pelosi Says There Needs to be a “Balance” to Free Speech

In the wake of a mass shooting in Buffalo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on ABC to advocate for “balance between free speech and safety.” She did not specify how this balance might be achieved, or who would have the last word in defining it.

Seemingly suggesting that suppressing free speech to some (unspecified) extent would be the way to go in dealing with cases of extreme violence, this US official made it clear that it was once again social media that politicians would like to see moderate and censor even more than they do now.

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

Netflix Cuts 150 Workers in New Round of Layoffs

May 17 (UPI) — Netflix laid off 150 employees Tuesday as the streaming giant faces subscriber losses, slower revenue growth and a shareholder lawsuit.

Most of the layoffs were in the United States and represent 2% of Netflix’s workforce.

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

New Research Shows “Harvesting Blood & Body Parts of the Young” Could Help Achieve “Immortality”

New scientific research by Stanford University reveals that “harvesting the blood and body parts of the young in the hope of achieving immortality” is no longer just a “trope in horror novels,” but a feasible likelihood.

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

Police Arrest Man in Connection With Dallas Salon Shooting That Left Three Korean Women Injured

On Tuesday, Dallas police announced that they had arrested a suspect in connection with a hair salon shooting last week that left three women injured.

In a press conference, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia stated that 36-year-old Jeremy Theron Smith on Monday, and charged him with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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

Police Aren’t Happy With Facial Recognition Surveillance Bans

Crime is on the rise in many US cities and states, and this fact is being used by law enforcement in some of these places to push back against legislation that aims to limit the use of biometric surveillance in the form of facial recognition.

And so far, the police have been successful in turning the tide, with Virginia already poised to drop a law banning facial scanning not even a year after it was adopted. In all, about 25 states now have this type of rule in place, but reports suggest that the future of these bills is far from certain.

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

Portland-Area Leftist Arrested for Child Sex Crimes, Urinating in Arby’s Milkshake Mix at Work

While investigating a Vancouver, Washington man for the possession and distribution of child pornography, police discovered that Stephen Sharp had taken a video of himself urinating into the milkshake mix at a local Arby’s where he worked as a night shift manager.

According to the Vancouver Police Department, their Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit had begun an investigation into 29-year-old Sharp’s possession and distribution of photos and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children. On at least one occasion, such imagery was downloaded within proximity of an Arby’s located at 221 NE 104th Ave.

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

Supreme Court Accepts Case Challenging Constitutionality of SEC’s in-House Judges

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a case about the reach of administrative law courts, which could have sweeping ramifications for the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal agencies.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with certified public accountant Michelle Cochran that she can go to federal court to challenge the constitutionality of the SEC’s system of in-house judges, without first exhausting what could be “an endless series of unlawful agency hearings,” her lawyers said.

The single mother argues the SEC’s administrative law judges are unconstitutional because they enjoy “layers of good-cause tenure” protection, overseen by a Merit Systems Protection Board whose members can only be removed by the president for “inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.”

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

‘The Game is Over’: Google’s DeepMind Says it is on Verge of Achieving Human-Level AI

Human-level artificial intelligence is close to finally being achieved, according to a lead researcher at Google’s DeepMind AI division.

Dr Nando de Freitas said “the game is over” in the decades-long quest to realise artificial general intelligence (AGI) after DeepMind unveiled an AI system capable of completing a wide range of complex tasks, from stacking blocks to writing poetry.

Described as a “generalist agent”, DeepMind’s new Gato AI needs to just be scaled up in order to create an AI capable of rivalling human intelligence, Dr de Freitas said.

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

Trump Support of Dr. Oz Puts Kingmaker Status to the Test in 3-Way Pennsylvania GOP Primary Race

President Donald Trump’s status as kingmaker of the GOP is being put to the test in a three-way GOP primary race Tuesday in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

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

Work-Related Trips Down 20 Percent in US as Commuters Prefer to Stay Home

The number of people commuting to and from work daily is still down an average of 20 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new study.

The study was conducted by a multinational team of researchers, with team members coming from the US, Mexico and the UK, called Work from Home Research.

The Daily Mail reported that the same study found that many Americans would be willing to quit their job and find a new one, rather than have to go back to commuting five or more days per week.

The outlet added that the “results reported by the researchers also found that the average American employee is now working 1.5 days per week from home,” even as COVID cases continue to plunge worldwide.

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

Are Parents’ Rights Over Their Children Now at Risk in Quebec?

In Quebec, it seems the government is using its majority to enact laws that increasingly restrict the rights and freedoms of its citizens.

Indeed, Quebec’s Bill 15, “An Act to amend the Youth Protection Act and other legislative provisions,” was adopted on April 14, 2022 and became law on April 26.

This has many parents, and Quebecers in general, quite worried, since the amendment concerns the government’s power over child custody.

The law will prioritize the custody of children to the Director of Youth Protection instead of the child’s natural family, consequently encroaching on parental rights. Therefore, any family involved with youth protection services could now lose custody of their child if the department deems it best for the child’s health.

However, the amendments brought to the bill are much more complex, that’s why David “Viva Frei” Freiheit, a lawyer and YouTuber from Montreal, sat down with us to better explain the bill’s implications and to bring attention to what he considers a potential risk to our democracy.

To see more from Viva Frei, you can find him on YouTube and Twitter!

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

Governing Bodies Unconcerned About Widely Shared, Flawed Data on COVID Transmission

In this third report, I feature the responses received from governing bodies after a flawed modelling paper went viral a few weeks ago.

The “study” was co-authored by David N. Fisman, Afia Amoako and Ashleigh R. Tuite and peer-reviewed by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and spread in mainstream media like a seasonal respiratory virus.

You can view my first report highlighting the conflicts of interest and junk science here, and subsequent interview with Dr. Bryam Bridle from an immunological perspective here.

Posing media inquiries, I contacted Kim Barnhardt from the CMAJ who prompted Dr. Kirsten Patrick, Editor-in-Chief, to respond.

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JCCF Lawyer Hatim Kheir on Landmark Court Victory on Right to Protest in Alberta

Last week, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms lawyer Hatim Kheir secured a major court victory which saw Judge Michael Dinkel rule that a chief medical officer of health (CMOH) order under which their client, Brad Carrigan, was charged does not apply to protests.

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Join US Live in Calgary for the Premiere of Trucker Rebellion

You’ve heard of the Canadian ‘freedom truckers’ protesting discriminatory vaccine mandates. But they didn’t all go to Ottawa.

Many truckers decided to take a stand at a small border crossing in Coutts, Alberta.

This is their story.

Rebel News reporters Kian Simone and Sydney Fizzard were embedded in the truckers’ border blockade in Coutts, Alberta for nearly two weeks.

In this exclusive and hard-hitting documentary, Rebel News displays never-before-seen footage that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes view of the nine-day freedom protest in Coutts.

Learn about the dramatic showdown with RCMP, watch never before seen footage from negotiations with authorities, and help expose the shocking lies from media and politicians.

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Nine Times Liberal Claims About the Freedom Convoy Were Officially Disputed

Several key pieces of testimony have poked holes in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s justification for using the Emergencies Act to quash peaceful freedom convoy protestors in February.

Throughout the protests, the Liberals and legacy media made a number of claims about the convoy ranging from extremist involvement, foreign funding and millionaires bankrolling the movement. To date, all of these claims have been called into question by law enforcement officials and fundraising executives.

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No “Direct Request” For Emergencies Act, Ottawa Police Chief Says

Ottawa Police Service (OPS) interim chief Steve Bell has told parliamentarians his force did not request the Trudeau government invoke the Emergencies Act before cracking down on Freedom Convoy protests in February.

Bell made the revelation during a Commons house affairs committee meeting on Tuesday when questioned by Conservative MP Andrew Scheer.

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Poilievre Approval Rating Soars Over Charest Among Conservative Supporters

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, we were joined by writer and media personality Spencer Fernando to discuss the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race and look deeper into the tactics and messages of the current frontrunner Pierre Poilievre. As the data suggests, Mr. Poilievre is currently the most popular Conservative candidate in the leadership race today, despite the mainstream media’s seemingly futile attempt to boost the appeal of one of the more ‘moderate’ candidates in Jean Charest.

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Watch: Have COVID-19 Restrictions Permanently Lowered Church Attendance?

On yesterday’s livestream, Sheila Gunn Reid was joined by Rebel News’ Adam Soos to discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent government overreach have negatively impacted churchgoers.

As he reported from the Edmonton March for Life event, Mr. Soos witnessed a significant drop in attendance from the pro-life crowd in contrast to years past, as well as a notable presence of pro-abortion counter-protesters.

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Watch: Pierre Poilievre Joins Dr. Jordan Peterson to Discuss ‘How to Solve Canada’s Biggest Problems’

Longtime Conservative MP and current front-runner in the Conservative Party leadership race Pierre Poilievre recently sat down for a long-form interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson.

The two discuss Poilievre’s election efforts, Canada’s energy infrastructure and economic policy, tackling the housing crisis and the cost of living, defunding government-subsidized media and developing Canadian natural resources.

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Body of Czech Volunteer Fighter Discover in Mass Grave Near Kyiv

The body of a Czech volunteer fighter was discovered in one of the mass graves near Kyiv along with three other victims, with documentation confirming the Czech victim’s identity, according to the newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda.

The grave was located at the side of the road near Makariv, which was temporarily under Russian control. A fragment from an F-1 grenade, which was left there by Russian soldiers, was also discovered near the grave.

“Two people were killed in the head, one man in the stomach. Documents of one of the victims, a citizen of the Czech Republic, were found at the burial site. The data matches,” said the Kyiv region police chief, Andrij Nebytov.

The Czech foreign ministry also confirmed the information.

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British Government Slashing Funding to United Nations, Will Use Aid Cash to Counter China Belt and Road

The British government is slashing the amount of foreign aid money it routes through international organisations such as the United Nations, outraging leftist politicians and activist charities.

At present, nearly 40 per cent of Britain’s foreign aid budget, still bloated at roughly £11.5 billion — about as much as is spent on the country’s bursting prisons and shuttering law courts combined — despite recent temporary cuts, is doled out “to the UN, the World Bank, European Union, and other global bodies” to spend, and sometimes dubiously, according to the BBC.

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EU States Fail to Agree on Russian Sanctions as Hungary Dissents Despite Proposed Exemption

EU countries have been unable to reach an agreement over new sanctions against Russia due to the disputes over the Russian oil embargo, the EU’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told reporters following Monday’s meeting of his member states’ counterparts.

The European Commission proposed new sanctions against Russia 12 days ago and has since come up with several adjustments to address the demands of opposing countries. Hungary and Slovakia received an exemption from the embargo which would apply from the end of this year until the end of 2024. Czechia received a similar exemption which would last until the middle of 2024. According to diplomats, Bratislava and Prague are satisfied with the concessions, while Budapest remains insistent on imposing additional conditions.

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Finland’s Parliament Votes to Join NATO Amid Russia’s War in Ukraine

May 17 (UPI) — Finland’s parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to join NATO, in an historic response to Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Parliament members voted 188-8 to approve the Nordic nation’s application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, after decades of neutrality.

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France: Eagles of Death Metal Members Testify in Islamist Bataclan Attack Trial

PARIS (AP) — Members of the Californian rock band Eagles of Death Metal provided emotional testimony Tuesday about the night Islamic State group extremists stormed their Bataclan theater concert, killing scores of people in France’s worst attack in generations.

Singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Eden Galindo — both civil parties to the case being heard by a Paris court — are among the survivors and witnesses of the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks. They told the court that the attacks upended their lives forever.

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French City Votes to Allow Muslim Women to Swim in Burqa-Bikini Suits

May 17 (UPI) — Muslim women in Grenoble, France, are now permitted to wear burqini swimsuits at state-run swimming pools, the municipal council decided.

In a 27-2 vote on Monday following a 2.5-hour debate, council members of the southeastern French city opted to allow the swimsuit rule changes — falling more closely in line with Grenoble Mayor Éric Piolle’s goal of adopting more permissive swimming regulations.

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Germany: SPS Suffers Historic Defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia

Germany’s left-center Christian Democratic Union has pulled off an upset victory over its left-wing Social Democrat rivals in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state elections, with Prime Minister Olaf Scholz suffering a historic defeat, according to commentators.

As Germany’s most populous state, totaling 18 million people, the elections on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia were a closely watched barometer of the German public’s verdict on the current government up until now.

The results for the CDU exceeded expectations, with the party securing 35 percent of the vote, while the SPD had to settle for 26.7 percent, the worst result it ever scored in what is considered the SPD’s heartland. In addition, the Green Party tripled its result to over 18 percent.

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Hungarian Cardinal Seen as Possible Successor to Ailing Pope Francis

Due to Pope Francis’ frail health, speculation as to his successor is gaining momentum, and following an article in Le Figaro, French and Italian papers are already guessing at who the next Pontiff could be.

One name that comes up often — and indeed, has been suggested since the conclave that elected Pope Francis — is that of Cardinal Péter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest.

Pope Francis was forced into a wheelchair a few days ago due to his severe knee pain, and the rumor mill has been churning ever since of a conclave. Guesses have been made in the columns of the French and Italian dailies as to who the most likely candidate to take over the leadership of the Vatican will be after Pope Francis.

The Italian papers reflect on an article that popped up in Le Figaro which made an in-depth analysis of cardinals who had a chance at the papacy.

According to predictions, the two major contenders are the conservative Hungarian cardinal Péter Erdo and the cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, who is understood to be a progressive in church circles.

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Lockdown Forever! Forced Masking Continues Despite EU Lifting Lockdown Rules on Flights

A host of EU nations have insisted that they will keep forcing plane passengers to wear masks, despite the EU lifting its bloc-wide requirement on Monday.

Although many passengers on intra-EU flights will no longer be forced to wear a mask from Monday, a host of nation-states have insisted that they will keep forcing passengers to mask up despite the relaxation of the lockdown measure.

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Orban Warns West is Subjecting Itself to “Suicide Waves” of Decline

In a speech to mark him taking the oath of office, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned that the west is subjecting itself to “suicide waves” of decline in the form of self-inflicted economic wounds, mass migration and an obsession with identity politics.

Orban’s conservative Fidesz party swept to victory in the election last month with another two-thirds majority, despite a massive effort by globalist interests to derail his candidacy.

During a speech in parliament, Orban cautioned that the continent faced perilous times ahead.

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Poland Stands Ready to Help Ukraine Shift Grain and Prevent Global Crisis, Agriculture Minister Affirms

Poland’s Minister of Agriculture Henryk Kowalczyk met the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Solsky, and the EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski on Monday to discuss Polish assistance with the shifting of Ukrainian grain that has been affected by Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.

Kowalczyk acknowledged the key alternative route is through Poland and, according to the Polish minister, all the key ports in Poland — Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Swinoujscie — are ready to receive Ukrainian grain. The biggest challenge is at the border where the difference in rail gauges slows down transport. The Poles have promised to speed things up on the border with 24-hour manning of all phytosanitary inspections.

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Poland: COVID-19 Pandemic Downgraded to a ‘State of Epidemic Threat’

Poland has downgraded the Covid-19 pandemic introduced to the country in March 2020 from “a state of epidemic” to “a state of epidemic threat,” the country’s Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski announced on Monday.

Niedzielski told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that it is the effect of epidemic data and assessments of the situation in Polish hospitals. He stressed, however, that despite lifting the state of the epidemic, it does not mean that it is over.

“No minister in the world can end the epidemic by his decision,” the Polish health minister explained. “The epidemic is still with us, but it is progressively moving to the state of endemic, that is probably best illustrated by flu in our country.”

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Political Correctness is France’s New Religion

The supermarket chain Leclerc has apologized to Muslims for stigmatizing them by mentioning that the shortage of sunflower oil was in part caused by certain social groups needing the product to celebrate religious holidays such as Ramadan when that oil is used to fry lamb.

The CEO of Leclerc Michel-Edouard Leclerc rushed out an apology after faced with calls for a boycott of the chain. He apologized for stigmatizing an already disadvantaged population with his remarks and for hurting their feelings.

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Rebel News is Sending an All-Star Team to Cover the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum meets in Davos, Switzerland, next week. And I have huge news: we’re sending FIVE investigative journalists to cover every inch of that place, to shine a light of scrutiny on those oligarchs.

Let me outline our plans.

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Sweden: Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Mars Rock, But No Signs of Life

May 16 (UPI) — Swedish scientists say a study of a meteorite from Mars indicates that it had only very limited exposure to liquid water — an indication that it’s unlikely life was present on the Red Planet in recent times.

Scientists at Lund University in Sweden agree that widespread presence of water would have been a prerequisite for life on Mars, but advanced scans of a 1.3-billion-year-old Martian meteorite revealed only trace contact with hydrogen, the key element in water.

The results of their study were published last week in the academic journal Science Advances.

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Sweden: Teens Arrested After Bomb Found at Stockholm Subway Station

Swedish police apprehended a group of teenage boys after a bomb was discovered at Stockholm’s central subway station last week, according to reports.

Authorities were alerted about a suspicious object at around 7 p.m. on May 10 at the T-Centralen metro hub in Sweden’s capital city.

A cordon was immediately established and police began searching for suspects while technicians examined the item, which turned out to be an explosive device, Aftonbladet reports.

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Sweden Officially Signs Formal NATO Membership Request, Ends 200 Years of Neutrality

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Tuesday signed a formal request to join NATO, a day after the country announced it would seek membership in the 30-member military alliance. In neighboring Finland, lawmakers are expected later in the day to formally endorse Finnish leaders’ decision also to join.

The moves by the two Nordic countries, ending Sweden’s more than 200 years of military nonalignment and Finland’s nonalignment after World War II, have provoked the ire of the Kremlin.

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UK Police Are Solving the Lowest Ever Proportion of Crimes After Focussing on Speech Offenses

To paraphrase an old adage, if a police force has to ask itself whether it is acting like a thought police — it probably is. And another certainty is that the answer it comes up with will highly likely still be, “no.”

But now, there is seemingly a desire to reverse the trend and once again have the police focus on dealing with actual crime, instead of, to all intents and purposes, getting involved in politics.

That’s what UK’s new chief inspector of constabulary, Andy Cooke, is saying, asserting that the country’s police should not act like the thought police, and unwittingly revealing how bad things have gotten by saying that officers must “remember that different thoughts are not forbidden.”

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Storm Five-Star Central London Hotel

Extinction Rebellion activists have stormed a five-star hotel in central London in protest of an oil summit taking place on Tuesday.

Three demonstrators found their way into the conference suite in the May Fair Hotel, according to XR, while others held banners outside with the words “Justice for Africa” and “End Oil Colonialism”.

The Metropolitan Police said some protesters have glued themselves together, while a police “de-bonding team” is attempting to separate them.

Police are at the scene and have taped-off an area around the hotel’s entrance.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Soldiers in the southern port city of Mariupol laid down their arms and more than 260 were taken into Russian custody, concluding months of fighting. President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded for the fighters’ lives to be spared, as Ukraine pressed for a prisoner exchange. One Ukrainian mother, whose eldest son died defending Mariupol, awaited word of the fate of her second son.

Peace talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations have been suspended, both sides said Tuesday. Ambitions are growing in Kyiv about what would define victory.

NATO: Sweden and Finland will send on Wednesday their applications to become members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the two countries said. Turkey has set out demands for its approval for them to join the alliance.

Polish officials said they are meeting with military contractors in the hope of bolstering Warsaw’s military capabilities.

Washington: A nearly $40 billion bill to help Ukraine’s military and its refugees advanced in the Senate, ahead of the bill’s expected passage later this week.

The U.S. and European Union discussed the idea of an EU tariff on imports of Russian oil, while Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on Europe and the international community to provide more economic support to Ukraine.

Russia: Moscow said it would expel a pair of Finnish diplomats after Helsinki ordered two employees of the Russian Embassy out of the Nordic country last month.

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Reuters Uses Image of Paintball Guns in Ukraine War Story

The crack professional journalists at Reuters have tweeted out an image of Ukrainian soldiers wielding paintball guns in a story about the current war between Ukraine and Russia.

“Ukraine says it has repelled Russian incursion in Sumy region” reads the tweet, which is accompanied by an image in which the soldiers are clearly wielding paintball guns and wearing paintball masks.

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Thousands March for Freedom and Against Major Political Parties in Brisbane Rally

It was a very miserable, cold and rainy day at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane, but that did not stop the high spirits of the protesters. There were guest speakers of medical staff, a Hawaiian chant, the New Zealand Haka and a very special message from San Diego S.T.O.R.M (Standing Together Organising A Revolutionary Movement).

About five thousand people were estimated to be on the march and nothing was ruining their day. People travelled far and wide all over Queensland, just making it through despite flood waters rising.

They voiced their opinions on the upcoming election on the 21st of May and how they will not be voting for any of the big parties.

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Austria: Syrian Migrant Suspected of Raping 15-Year-Old Ukrainian Refugee Girl

A 19-year-old Syrian migrant has been accused of rape by a 15-year-old Ukrainian refugee girl but has not been kept in custody, in what some are claiming is a scandal.

The alleged rape took place in the late evening last Wednesday in the Austrian town of Weyer, where the Syrian is alleged to have taken the 15-year-old aside to a railway embankment after drinking alcohol and forced her to perform sexual intercourse with him.

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France: Illegal Tunisian Immigrant Accused of Raping English Woman Directly on a Street in Nice

A homeless Tunisian born in 1996 was indicted for rape and remanded in custody on Friday, May 13. Le Figaro newspaper learned from the Nice prosecutor’s office.

Last Wednesday an English woman was raped in the middle of the street in the Port district of Nice. The police arrested the main suspect of the attack, who turned out to be an illegal Tunisian migrant, recently arrived from the Italian island of Lampedusa. The suspect, homeless and born in 1996, remains in custody as the judicial inquiry opens.

The assault happened on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11. The Englishwoman was leaving Place Garibaldi when the Tunisian followed her and then raped her on an adjacent street.

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Germany: A Third of Failed Asylum Seekers Able to Gain Residency on Appeal

Around a third of failed asylum seekers in Germany are able to secure permission to stay in Germany after filing appeals, with the process costing German taxpayers tens of millions of euros.

German administrative courts often hear appeals to negative asylum decisions made by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and around one in three of the appeals see a reversal of the negative decision, costing BAMF nearly a thousand euros per case lost.

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More Than 300 Migrants Arrive in UK as Crossings Continue for Fourth Day in a Row: Asylum-Seekers Land on Kent Beach as Total Numbers Making Crossing the Year Rises Above 8,500 Despite Risk of Rwanda Deportation

Around 300 migrants are thought to have reached the UK by small boat today — as Channel crossings continued for a fourth day in a row.

One group of asylum seekers were seen landing on UK shores this morning at Dungeness, Kent, after being rescued by RNLI crews when their boats ran into trouble.

The group of 60 people — among them three children and two women — were seen on the beaches getting off the emergency lifeboat vessel, which had pulled them out of the English Channel.

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Revealed: How YOU Are Paying for Migrants to Take Charter Flights: Secret Taxpayer-Funded Trips Costing Tens of Thousands of Dollars Ferry Asylum Seekers From Border to Inland Cities Ahead of Title 42 Rush Next Week

Secret government charter flights paid for by taxpayer funds are quietly transporting migrants from the southern border to other cities across the U.S.

The flights, which take off from border cities like El Paso, Texas, are taking busloads of illegal aliens to various cities around the country including Jacksonville, Florida, Alexandria, Louisiana and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lawmakers are demanding more transparency about the flights and where the migrants are going, with some state and regional leaders alleging they were not informed about the relocation plans.

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Girl Bullied Out of School for Saying ‘Sex Exists’ Gains Support From JK Rowling

A sixth form, female student was forced from her school in the United Kingdom after questioning a guest speaker’s speech on transphobia, and stating that biological sex is real. In a tweet, J.K. Rowling came to her defense.

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Jordan Peterson Takes a Break From Twitter: It’s ‘Maddening is All’

Professor, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Jordan Peterson announced Monday night that he is taking a break from Twitter saying its “maddening is all.”

Peterson posted a thread on the platform which began, “I recently stopped accessing Twitter for three weeks as an experiment. I had some of my staff post video links etc. It was a genuine relief. I started to read & write more. I started using it again, a few days ago, and I would say that my life got worse again almost instantly.”

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Judge Strikes Down California Law Requiring Women on Corporate Boards

May 16 (UPI) — A California state judge ruled Monday that a law requiring corporate boards to include women was unconstitutional.

Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis ordered that the state no longer enforce the landmark mandate that was signed into law in 2018.

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They Just Won’t Stop

More evidence is emerging of the tremendous damage lockdowns and mask mandates have had on the cognitive development of infants.

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Wrong Side of History: J.K. Rowling Blasts Pro-Trans Antifa After Feminist Attacked at Suffragette Statue

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has argued that the pro-transgender Antifa assault on a feminist campaigner demonstrates that the far-left is on the wrong side of history.

On Sunday, Aleks Kovacevic, 44, was assaulted by a group of black bloc radicals as she tried to protest in favour of women’s rights near a statue honouring British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst in the English city of Manchester.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2022

  1. I read this news about the burkini in Grenoble. That’s funny. There, in addition to the burkini, they also allowed long shorts worn by Muslim men, and women were also allowed to swim topless. This is a gift not only to Muslim women, but also to men.
    The pool will be fun.

  2. Consequences of a cashless society
    according to Klaus Schwab’s wet dream.

    Hötorg merchant took 13.000 crowns for a bunch of carrots

    Published 17 May 2022 at 15.02 in Fria Tider

    SEK 12,000 for mixed fruit or SEK 13,000 for a bunch of carrots. That’s what customers have had to pay at two merchants on Hötorget in Stockholm who set up a system to add one or more extra zeros to card purchases – without the authorities doing anything about it. But now, after much ado about it, the police and the city of Stockholm have stopped their activities.

    By refusing to accept cash as payment, the merchants “helped” customers with their card purchases and added an extra zero to the purchase amount at the card terminal.

    What should have cost 54 SEK became 540 and 150 SEK became 1,500.

    But sometimes, according to the police, the traders dared to be even bolder. One example is a 94-year-old man who bought a bunch of carrots after a doctor’s appointment at Hötorget. His relatives later discovered that the trader had withdrawn more than SEK 13,000 from his account.

    – The market traders in question have mainly targeted elderly people and tourists who did not notice that they had been cheated until perhaps long afterwards. Some have probably sworn, but thought the amount they lost was too small to bother. On the other hand, we suspect that the market traders themselves have made a lot of money, says Jan Friberg of the Stockholm Police Fraud Section on the police website.

    About a hundred of those who have been cheated have nevertheless chosen to file a complaint with the City of Stockholm, which in turn has not known exactly who the traders were. The police have also received complaints. As the amounts involved have been low compared to other fraud crimes, the police “have not had the resources to investigate these cases in the past”, the police write on their website.

    “This year, however, the Stockholm Police Fraud Section had an opportunity to deal with the reports and was able to start cooperating with the City of Stockholm,” the police continue.

    The police contacted around 30 people who had made complaints to the City of Stockholm and to those who had made a police report but had not included any documentation about the purchase.

    – The people we contacted showed a great deal of appreciation for the fact that we in the police have taken this on board.

    By requesting verification of receipts and bank statements, the police were able to trace the traders involved and present a very accurate picture of the problem to the City of Stockholm.

    With the help of the police mapping, the City of Stockholm hired a civilian company to make targeted support purchases from the square traders in question. It turned out that the fraud was still going on and with the support purchases as evidence, the City of Stockholm was able to withdraw the permits of the traders.

    – Now they are no longer at Hötorget and that increases the security for those who make purchases there,” says Jan Friberg.
    [market traders in today’s Sweden are in 9.5 cases of 10 so called culture-enrichters]

    • Slightly off topic, but if you’re paying by debit or credit card in a country that doesn’t share your currency, make sure vendors don’t convert the bill into yours- their bank may give you a less favourable exchange rate than yours.

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