Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/20/2022

A man went on a rampage with a knife in a village in the Norwegian region of Numedal, wounding four people. Early reports described the attacks as “random”, but it later emerged that the knifeman was a Syrian migrant, and one of his victims was his estranged wife.

In other news, Sweden and Italy have reported their first cases of monkeypox, the latest fad in dangerous infectious diseases.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Leftist New Zealand Govt to Hand Out Stimulus Checks to ‘Fight Inflation’
» Stock Market Will Tank in Stagflation Scenario, Bank of America Warns
» UK: Legalise Shoplifting? Officers Should Use ‘Discretion’ With Stealing Suspects, Argues Police Watchdog
 
USA
» A Grandfather Politely Ties Himself to a Bank Door to Protest Fossil Fuel Investments
» Amid Baby Formula Shortage, Mothers Express Fear, One Receiving Product From Mexico
» Billionaire Ken Griffin Says Crime Will Force Him to Move His Business Out of Chicago: Report
» Caroline Glick: Demonization: American Style
» Cotton, Gabbard Warn That Government ‘Ministry of Truth’ is Only on Pause
» Dem Rep. Joyce Beatty Blames ‘White Supremacy Replacement Theorist’ For Shooting Carried Out by Black Suspect
» Elon Musk Asks Twitter Execs About Resurfaced Hillary Clinton Tweet
» FBI Lawyer Admits Knowing Clinton Was Behind Trump Allegations Would Have Changed Things
» Gov. Ron DeSantis Touts Florida Economy While in West Palm Beach
» House Passes Antisemitism Resolution Calling for Surveillance and Censorship of Online Content
» Maryland County Hosting Free ‘Social Justice Camp’ For High Schoolers to ‘Ignite Change’
» Musk Challenges Sexual Harassment Accuser to “Describe” Part of His Body
» NSBA Concludes Review of Letter Asking Biden’s DOJ to Investigate Parents Under ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Laws
» NYC Reports First Suspected Monkeypox Case as WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting
» Pelosi-Aligned Dark Money Nonprofit Received $3 Million From Group Fueled by Swiss Billionaire
» Record Gas Prices for This Long ‘Unprecedented’: AAA
» Redistricting: Appeals Court Reinstates Governor DeSantis Map
» Texas Girl, 15, Trafficked From Mavericks Game in Dallas; 8 Arrested in Oklahoma: Police
» The DHS’ Latest Appointment to the Disinformation Board Adds to Its Credibility Problem
» US Appeals Court Orders SEC to Bring Enforcement Actions to Jury Trials
» Video: Psaki Caught in Big Fat Lie About Encouraging Unlawful Protests Outside Justices Homes
» Wisconsin Suspects Walk Out of Ulta Beauty Store With $5k in Merchandise
 
Canada
» Crown Lawyer Seeking Tamara Lich’s Detention Demands Judge Step Down
» Interview: Quebec Freedom Activist Amalega François Speaks Out After Nearly Four Months in Jail
» Ontario NDP Candidate Praises China’s “Planned Economy”
» Poilievre Derangement Syndrome Has Begun!
» Taxpayer-Funded Factory Sends All Its Baby Formula to China Despite Domestic Shortage
» Trudeau Industry Minister to Speak at World Economic Forum in Davos
» Update: Fighting Vaccine Passports in B.C. Court
 
Europe and the EU
» At Least Three Injured, One Seriously, In ‘Random’ Stabbing in Norway: Police
» Crazy Video: Davos BEFORE the Cameras Arrive
» ‘Direct Interference in UK Elections’ — EU Threatens to Target Pro-Brexit Politicians Over Northern Ireland Dispute
» First Cases of ‘Monkeypox’ Discovered in Sweden and Italy
» Four People Injured in Stabbing Attack in Norway
» France: Terror Motive Investigated After Woman Attacked by ‘Allahu Akbar’ Knifeman
» Germany: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Does Not Automatically Mean Islamism, States Bavarian Prosecutor
» Introducing the Reset: The Great Reset Docuseries
» Italy: Shock After FFF Activists’ Homes Raided Over Gazprom Protest
» Italy Proposes UN Plan for Peaceful Settlement in Ukraine
» Polish PM Promises Military Aid to Sweden and Finland During NATO Application if Attacked
» Syrian Knifeman Stabs at Least Three People Including His Wife, Leaving One Critically Injured, Before Being Arrested in Norway
» UK: Ava White: Murder Accused ‘Just Wanted to Frighten Her Away’
» UK: Twitter Bans Comedian ABI Roberts
» ‘We Are on the Same Side of the Barricade,’ Klaus Tells Orban
 
Middle East
» Anti-Government Protests Spread in Iran After Flour-Based Food Staples Jump 300%
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» President of Latvia Supports Forming of Special Tribunal for Russia’s War Crimes in Ukraine
» Russia’s Crimes Are ‘Geopolitical Wake-Up Call, ‘ Claims Polish PM
» Top Putin Aide Predicts “Global Famine” By the End of This Year
 
Far East
» Microsoft’s Censorship for China is Drifting Into the US, Report Alleges
» NBA Owners Silent on Relationship to China, Invested More Than $10 Billion in Chinese Interests
 
Australia — Pacific
» South Australia Introduces Prospect of Jail Time for Breaking Strict COVID Restrictions
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Monkeypox — How Bad is it?
» WHO Warns Summer Festivals, Mass Gatherings Could Accelerate Spread of Monkeypox
 
Immigration
» As Migration Numbers Explode, Salvini Points Out That He is Still on Trial for Defending Italy’s Borders
» Berlin Mayor Vows to Speed Up German Naturalization for Foreign Nationals
» Czechia Receives Over €27.4 Million From the EU to Help With Ukrainian Refugees
» EU Funds for Hosting Ukrainian Refugees ‘Pathetically Low, ‘ Says Polish Infrastructure Minister
» Justice Department to Appeal Decision Blocking Biden Admin From Ending Title 42
» Surprise! First Transfer of Migrants From UK to Rwanda Halted by Legal Challenges
» Sweden Giving Free Domestic Flights to Migrants to Avoid ‘Long’ Bus, Train Rides
» UK: Babies and Small Children Are Among Latest Group of 30 Migrants to Make it Across the Channel as Dominic Raab Admits Only Hundreds Are Likely to be Sent to Rwanda for Processing Each Year
» UK: Dominic Raab Admits Rwanda Migrant Flights ‘Likely’ To Only Take Hundreds to Africa Every Year…
» UK: Tearful Villagers Tell Home Office Officials They Have ‘No Choice’ But to Protest Over Planned Centre for 1,500 Migrants at Heated Public Meeting
 
Culture Wars
» Australia: Biological Man Powers to Victory in Women’s Surfing Event
» Australian Cop Who Said There Are Only Two Genders Faces Investigation
» Batman Going Bi? DC Comics Purportedly Changes Iconic Hero’s Sexuality
» Court Rules ‘Gender Queer’ Too ‘Obscene’ For Viewing by Minors
» Netflix Scraps Ibram X Kendi’s ‘Antiracist Baby’ Among Other Woke Shows
» San Francisco Archbishop Bars Pelosi From Receiving Holy Communion Due to Abortion Support
» School Board Director Plans ‘Queer Night’ For Children Hosted Inside Sex Shop
» Virginia Mom Criticizes School Board for ‘Totalitarian’ Rule That Could Punish Students for Misgendering Peers
» World Health Organization Pandemic Treaty: A Fresh Push for Vaccine Passports, Global Surveillance, And More
 

Leftist New Zealand Govt to Hand Out Stimulus Checks to ‘Fight Inflation’

The leftist government of New Zealand will begin handing out millions of checks in an attempt to fight inflation, despite government spending typically being a key contributor to inflation.

In order to supposedly combat inflation, which has risen to a 30-year-high in New Zealand, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced on Thursday that the Labour Party-controlled government would be issuing 350NZD ($225/£180) in checks to some 2.1 million Kiwis in weekly payments over the next three months.

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

Stock Market Will Tank in Stagflation Scenario, Bank of America Warns

In a recent analyst note, Bank of America strategist Savita Subramanian warned that a “worst case” stagflation scenario — the rare combination of economic stagnation and high inflation — could see the benchmark S&P 500 fall to 3,200, a drop of roughly 17% from current values. It would mark a stunning 33% drop from the beginning of the year.

The S&P has already tumbled a little more than 20% this year, officially entering a bear market on Friday afternoon for the first time since March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. High inflation, rising interest rates and the risk of a recession have rattled investors in recent weeks.

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

UK: Legalise Shoplifting? Officers Should Use ‘Discretion’ With Stealing Suspects, Argues Police Watchdog

Police officers should use “discretion” when deciding to prosecute people for shoplifting in Britain due to the cost of living crisis, the recently installed head of a police watchdog has argued.

Andy Cooke, who was installed by the Conservative government last month as Her Majesty’s chief inspector, has warned that there will be an increase in crime due to rampant inflation and other economic woes in Britain.

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

A Grandfather Politely Ties Himself to a Bank Door to Protest Fossil Fuel Investments

Troy Horton booked a 3 p.m. appointment at a Wells Fargo branch in Tempe to discuss “the future of his children.”

With four children, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Horton, who’s 68, felt he had much to discuss.

Except his intent wasn’t to meet with a financial advisor to speak about a college savings fund or estate planning. Horton wanted to talk about matters that would affect his children, but also, in his view, everyone else’s children as well: climate change.

And more specifically, Wells Fargo’s role in funding fossil fuel emissions.

Over about an hour, Horton spoke with a bank manager, tied himself to the front door of the building and was finally arrested and taken away by police. He spent the night in jail and was scheduled for a court hearing Friday morning. He’s expected to be released later.

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

Amid Baby Formula Shortage, Mothers Express Fear, One Receiving Product From Mexico

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Mothers in the Garden State described the challenges they’re facing amid the baby formula shortage.

The mother of an 8-month-old, Liliana, said her family from Mexico is “coming next week, and they are bringing some formula.”

“If my family didn’t come, I’d be very, very worried,” Liliana added. She said she would consider moving to Mexico if she can’t find formula.

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

Billionaire Ken Griffin Says Crime Will Force Him to Move His Business Out of Chicago: Report

CHICAGO — A Chicago billionaire and businessman says he is ready to move his company out of Chicago because of the crime.

Ken Griffin runs the Citadel hedge fund and Citadel Securities, with headquarters on South Dearborn Street. But now, Griffin is looking to expand his current offices in New York and Florida.

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

Caroline Glick: Demonization: American Style

Demonization, the effort to portray a political rival as an inhuman monster, has long been a means to mobilize public support. The ancient Romans did it. The Soviets didn’t know there was another option.

While negative campaigning has long been a tried and true method for winning elections in the free world, actual demonization was fairly rare, particularly in the United States, actual demonization was a fairly rare phenomenon until after the turn of the century. But in recent decades, and with unprecedented intensity and venom since 2016, the Democrats have aped the Soviets and adopted demonization as their main political tool for winning elections. The primary object of their hatred is former President Donald Trump.

Last Sunday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi showed how it is done in an interview with CNN. The interview focused on the Democrat Party’s concern that the conservative majority in the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the federal mandate for abortions and letting the separate states decide for themselves whether to place limitations on the procedure. Concerns among Democrats and the party’s progressive base rose exponentially earlier this month when in a shocking break with the past, a source at the Supreme Court leaked a draft judgment on the issue authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito to Politico.

Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Pelosi if the fact that conservatives are now the majority on the Supreme Court means that the Democrats dropped the ball on abortion rights. Pelosi rejected Bash’s assertion and instead blamed Trump.

Brimming with rage Pelosi seethed, “Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States, waving a list of judges that he would appoint, therefore getting the support of the far-right, and appointing those anti-just freedom justices to the court?”

In that one sentence, Pelosi managed to demonize Trump, demonize Trump voters and delegitimize three sitting justices of the Supreme Court. It bears noting that as Pelosi made these remarks, Democrat activists were staging threatening demonstrations outside the homes of conservative justices…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Cotton, Gabbard Warn That Government ‘Ministry of Truth’ is Only on Pause

Following the news that the Department of Homeland Security disinformation governance board has been sidelined because of ‘mischaracterisation’, GOP Senator Tom Cotton and former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard both warned that the scheme is only on hold because it was exposed, and it likely will return in stealth.

Appearing on Fox News, Cotton said “I’m glad to know that this Orwellian Ministry of Truth is at least paused for the moment, but I think it’s important to realize that it’s only paused because the American people found out about it.”

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

Dem Rep. Joyce Beatty Blames ‘White Supremacy Replacement Theorist’ For Shooting Carried Out by Black Suspect

Dem Rep. Joyce Beatty gave a speech with Nancy Pelosi in attendance during which she blamed a shooting at a hair salon in Dallas on a “white supremacist replacement theorist,” the only problem being the gunman was black.

Whoops!

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) referenced the shooting, which took place at a Korean hair salon, during a press conference yesterday.

After stating the incorrect date on which the shooting took place, Beatty tried to spin a false narrative that the attack was a white supremacist hate crime.

“On Monday, three people in a Korean-owned hair salon in Dallas were gunned by yet another White supremacy replacement theorist,” Beatty told the crowd.

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

Elon Musk Asks Twitter Execs About Resurfaced Hillary Clinton Tweet

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is asking Twitter executives about a resurfaced Hillary Clinton campaign tweet that he considers a “hoax.”

Musk was responding to a Twitter user on Friday asking him about a previous tweet by the Hillary Clinton campaign which purports to have “uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.”

“@elonmusk I have reported this tweet as misleading disinformation to the powers that be at @twitter. I would be interested to know if, when you receive control over the company, anything was done with this at any level. Pls advise soonest,” one Twitter user asked.

Musk said that the person is “absolutely correct” that Clinton’s tweet is “misleading disinformation.”

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

FBI Lawyer Admits Knowing Clinton Was Behind Trump Allegations Would Have Changed Things

Authored by John Haughey and Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

The FBI lawyer who served as a conduit for flimsy allegations against Donald Trump said May 19 he would have acted differently if he knew Trump’s rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, was behind the claims.

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

Gov. Ron DeSantis Touts Florida Economy While in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Video above: DeSantis explains budget surplus

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Friday in West Palm Beach.

DeSantis was joined by Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle at the Retro Fitness on Belvedere Road.

He noted that the company, which was originally from New Jersey, moved to Florida for economic expansion during COVID-19.

The governor continued to discuss the expansion of the Florida economy and the surplus of the budget. He said that by the end of the month, the surplus of the budget could hit a record $21 billion.

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

House Passes Antisemitism Resolution Calling for Surveillance and Censorship of Online Content

The House of Representatives has voted to pass a resolution that calls for increased surveillance and censorship of online speech, to help reduce antisemitism.

The resolution goes beyond condemning antisemitism; it goes into the realm of calling on social media platforms to do more to stop it.

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

Maryland County Hosting Free ‘Social Justice Camp’ For High Schoolers to ‘Ignite Change’

A library system in Maryland is offering boot camps in social justice and activism for children in ninth grade and up.

The Prince George County Memorial Library System announced a series of “social justice camp” events to be held at public libraries across the area. The boot camps will teach teens and recent graduates about organizing and community activism.

“Our Social Justice Camp will teach you how to engage your activism, make connections in your community and develop your passions into a product to ignite change,” the library system says in an advertisement. “For rising 9th grade through recent graduates.

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

Musk Challenges Sexual Harassment Accuser to “Describe” Part of His Body

Elon Musk has denied a sexual harassment allegation made by a former flight attendant — and has challenged those making the accusations to “describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public,” adding “She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened.”

The alleged 2016 incident — as told to Business Insider by a friend of the accuser, is said to have occurred during a private flight to London in late 2016. Musk is accused of exposing his erect penis to the woman, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse if she gave him an erotic massage and “do more,” implying the performance of sex acts, according to a declaration by the flight attendant’s friend.

Two years later, Musk, SpaceX and the attendant entered into a $250,000 agreement in which she agreed not to sue, and to sign non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses.

Musk called the allegation a “politically motivated hit piece” which “should be viewed through a political lens.”

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

NSBA Concludes Review of Letter Asking Biden’s DOJ to Investigate Parents Under ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Laws

The National School Board Association, which apologized last year for a letter asking the Justice Department to investigate protesting parents as “domestic terrorism,” has concluded a review of the debacle and promised that it will not happen again.

“The letter directly contradicts our core commitments to parent engagement, local control, and nonpartisanship,” NSBA executive director & CEO John Heim said in a statement announcing the conclusions. “The sentiments shared in the letter do not represent the views or position of the NSBA. The NSBA does not seek or advocate for federal law enforcement intervention at local school board meetings.”

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

NYC Reports First Suspected Monkeypox Case as WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting

Update (1608ET): Officials in New York City say they are monitoring the state’s first suspected case of monkeypox in a patient receiving care at Bellevue Hospital, where preliminary tests have been performed to confirm the disease, according to the Wall Street Journal.

So far, 87 cases have been confirmed worldwide and 57 are under investigation, according to the World Health Organization. Earlier Friday Israel became the 13th country to report a suspected case.

The disease was also reported on Friday by Germany, Australia, France and Belgium, while two cases were confirmed in Canada.

Monkeypox causes a contagious rash similar to chickenpox in humans, and is spread through close contact. Symptoms, which usually appear within the first five days of infection, include muscle aches, chills, fever, swollen glands, exhaustion — and of course, pustules.

The mortality rate for monkeypox ranges from 1% to 15%, and is endemic in three countries; the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and the Central African Republic. The first reported case detected in the UK had traveled to Nigeria, after which they returned with a rash, according to the WHO.

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

Pelosi-Aligned Dark Money Nonprofit Received $3 Million From Group Fueled by Swiss Billionaire

Hansjorg Wyss has donated massive amounts to dark money nonprofits that benefit Democrats

A dark money nonprofit aligned with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received a multimillion-dollar cash infusion from a secret money group fueled by a Swiss billionaire.

The Pelosi-aligned nonprofit, House Majority Forward, received a $3 million donation from the California-based Fund for a Better Future in 2020, tax forms show, which was its largest contribution that year. Neither group makes its donors public.

But as Fund for a Better Future obscures its funders, the Berger Action Fund, a nonprofit established by Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, reported on its own tax forms that it had sent $25 million to the fund between April 2019 and March 2021.

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

Record Gas Prices for This Long ‘Unprecedented’: AAA

Gas prices have been hitting fresh records for the past 11 consecutive days amid the energy supply crunch in the U.S., according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), which noted that the stretch of record-high prices as the pump is “unprecedented.”

Speaking with Fox News Digital, Andrew Gross, the national spokesman for AAA Inc. revealed that drivers should expect elevated prices throughout the summer, especially if the war in Ukraine rages on.

The national average for a gallon of gas was $4.59 on Friday, a slight increase from the day before and a new record high.

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

Redistricting: Appeals Court Reinstates Governor DeSantis Map

TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court Friday reinstated a stay against a circuit judge’s decision that blocked a congressional redistricting plan pushed through the Legislature by Gov. Ron DeSantis, pointing to a “high likelihood” that the judge erred.

The 1st District Court of Appeal, in a four-paragraph order, put on hold a temporary injunction issued last week by Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith. The temporary injunction blocked a redistricting plan that the Legislature passed during an April special session.

The state’s appeal of Smith’s decision triggered an automatic stay of the temporary injunction. But Smith followed up Monday by lifting the automatic stay at the request of voting-rights groups and other plaintiffs who have challenged the constitutionality of the redistricting plan.

In reinstating the stay, however, the Tallahassee-based appeals court signaled that it did not agree with the temporary injunction.

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

Texas Girl, 15, Trafficked From Mavericks Game in Dallas; 8 Arrested in Oklahoma: Police

Oklahoma City authorities have arrested and charged eight individuals after a 15-year-old Texas girl was allegedly trafficked from a Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center (AAC) game on April 8.

The girl went to use the bathroom while attending the Mavericks game with her father and never returned, according to a press release from her family’s attorney, Zeke Fortenberry of the Fortenberry Firm, PLLC.

She was gone for 10 days until authorities located her at an Extended Stay America hotel in Oklahoma City on April 18.

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

The DHS’ Latest Appointment to the Disinformation Board Adds to Its Credibility Problem

The US administration is getting further entangled in missteps, in an attempt to create a credible Disinformation Governance Board.

The latest addition to the outfit, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — now nominated as the board’s adviser by the same agency — is unlikely to add to the credibility or clear up “confusion” about the board’s role — given that he, too, in the past peddled misinformation, reports say.

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

US Appeals Court Orders SEC to Bring Enforcement Actions to Jury Trials

A U.S. appeals court ruled the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) violated a hedge fund manager’s constitutional rights by having an in-house judge try a securities fraud case brought against the individual.

The SEC alleged in 2013 that George Jarkesy Jr. and his firm, Patriot28 LLC, violated federal securities law by misstating his two hedge funds’ assets. The case was tried before an administrative law judge rather than before a civil court. These administrative law judges, or in-house judges, may have violated Jarkesy’s seventh amendment constitutional rights to a jury trial, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling Wednesday.

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

Video: Psaki Caught in Big Fat Lie About Encouraging Unlawful Protests Outside Justices Homes

Former White House propaganda chief Jen Psaki was caught out in a big fat lie Thursday when she claimed that she had never encouraged pro-abortion activists to protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

In a speaking appearance at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Psaki was asked about that time she said she “encouraged” anti-abortionists to continue gathering outside the private homes of SCOTUS judges.

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

Wisconsin Suspects Walk Out of Ulta Beauty Store With $5k in Merchandise

Authorities in a Milwaukee suburb are looking for two suspects accused of stealing more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from a beauty supply shop.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying the thieves caught on video stealing from an Ulta Beauty store, Fox Milwaukee reported.

They were allegedly seen leaving the store with a garbage bag filled with bottled fragrances.

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

Crown Lawyer Seeking Tamara Lich’s Detention Demands Judge Step Down

A Crown lawyer hoping to send Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich back to jail threatened the judge with a mistrial application on Thursday after being told to get back to his cross examination.

Lawyer Moiz Karimjee wants Lich detained over an alleged breach of her Mar. 7 bail conditions, which ordered that she not “verbally, in writing, financially, or by any other means, support anything related to the Freedom Convoy.”

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

Interview: Quebec Freedom Activist Amalega François Speaks Out After Nearly Four Months in Jail

Amalega François is a math teacher in the Montreal area. Of Cameroonian origin, Mr. François has always been of the quiet and orderly kind.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in Canada in March of 2020, Mr. François recognized that the extreme health measures imposed by the government violated the rights and freedoms of Canadian citizens.

From that moment, he started taking to the streets to fight against this oppression with hopes of raising others’ awareness about the situation.

Mr. François received many fines related to the health measures over the last two years.

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

Ontario NDP Candidate Praises China’s “Planned Economy”

Social media posts have resurfaced showing current Ontario NDP candidate for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke Kurt Stoll praising China’s “planned economy” over the “feuding corporations” of the West.

In a Sep. 2021 tweet, Stoll responded to a post announcing that China was halting the construction of coal plants abroad by applauding the communist country for achieving results.

[Comment: Sounds like a stupid pinko commie.]

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

Poilievre Derangement Syndrome Has Begun!

It’s a live edition of Fake News Friday on The Candice Malcolm Show!

“Poilievre derangement syndrome” has taken hold of legacy media reporters this week, as they attempted to tie Poilievre’s support of the Freedom Convoy to the horrific Buffalo shooting. Poilievre’s rivals, Patrick Brown and Jean Charest, couldn’t help but pile on. The Brown campaign even went as far as to alert all Conservative members that a “high-profile” Poilievre supporter used “alarming language” that closely resembles the idiotic “white replacement theory.”

But it doesn’t stop there.

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

Taxpayer-Funded Factory Sends All Its Baby Formula to China Despite Domestic Shortage

A factory in Kingston, Ontario given $225 million in taxpayer money is sending all of the baby formula it produces to China while Canadian parents struggle to find it.

Built in 2019, the Canada Royal Milk Plant uses Canadian-based dairy — including cow and goat milk — to make baby formula.

Canada Royal Milk is owned by the Chinese company Feihe International Inc. but has received Canadian government funding to the tune of $225 million.

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

Trudeau Industry Minister to Speak at World Economic Forum in Davos

Canada’s industry minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will be addressing World Economic Forum (WEF) delegates in Davos on the “jobs of tomorrow.”

According to a draft agenda for the WEF’s upcoming annual meeting in the Swiss Alps, Champagne will appear on a panel alongside Bangladesh’s education minister, Dipu Moni, and finance minister Mikael Damberg of Sweden.

“From care, education and health to green energy, infrastructure and digital, the jobs of tomorrow may emerge in several growing sectors of the global economy,” the program text says.

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

Update: Fighting Vaccine Passports in B.C. Court

British Columbia’s Supreme Court heard the fourth and final of the current legal challenges to B.C.’s vaccine passport earlier this week.

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s lawyers attempted to get an expert report from Manitoba’s former chief provincial health officer Dr. Joel Kettner tossed during the most recent legal challenge to the province’s vaccine passport.

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

At Least Three Injured, One Seriously, In ‘Random’ Stabbing in Norway: Police

At least four people have been stabbed and injured in random attacks in Numedal in south-east Norway, local police said on Friday.One of the victims was in critical condition.A suspect was later apprehended, officials said.

According to police, at least four people were stabbed in Numedal, in southeast Norway, on Friday, with one of the wounded in severe condition.

The culprit has been caught, according to the force.

According to authorities, one of the victims was in critical condition, and the event was still ongoing.

“I can confirm we have the offender under control,” a police spokesperson told Reuters…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Crazy Video: Davos BEFORE the Cameras Arrive

Have you heard of the World Economic Forum? It’s a secret club where the world’s wealthiest oligarchs meet with globalist politicians to develop schemes to tell the rest of us how to live.

People like Bill Gates. Xi Jinping. Justin Trudeau. And Anthony Fauci.

The WEF’s founder, Klaus Schwab, resembles a cartoonish supervillain from a James Bond movie.

But he’s real. And he has big plans for you. Including the ominous slogan, “you’ll own nothing, and you’ll be happy”.

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

‘Direct Interference in UK Elections’ — EU Threatens to Target Pro-Brexit Politicians Over Northern Ireland Dispute

The European Union is reportedly threatening to target areas represented by government ministers and Brexiteers with Russia-like sanctions to pressure them not to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol which gives it continuing power over the British province.

Northern Ireland — despite being an integral part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland — was left partly under EU control for the purposes of customs and regulations in the 175 Boris Johnson agreed with Brussels.

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

First Cases of ‘Monkeypox’ Discovered in Sweden and Italy

Sweden and Italy are the latest countries to report cases of the so-called “Monkeypox”, a disease that has already been reported in Spain, the UK and the United States in recent days.

The first Italian case of the Monkeypox disease, which is a virus from the same family as smallpox but believed to be far less severe, was reported on Thursday in a man who had recently travelled to the Spanish Canary Islands.

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Four People Injured in Stabbing Attack in Norway

A total of four people have been injured in a stabbing in the Norwegian town of Nore in Buskerud County in eastern part of the country, of whom one is in critical condition, national broadcaster NRK has reported.

The perpetrator who reportedly injured four people in a stabbing incident in the Norwegian town of Numedal, described as “completely tragic”, has been incapacitated by the local law enforcement.

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France: Terror Motive Investigated After Woman Attacked by ‘Allahu Akbar’ Knifeman

The French Anti-Terror prosecutor has been notified following a knife attack on a woman in Chantilly by a man who allegedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the stabbing.

The attack took place on Tuesday in Chantilly when a couple was driving and saw a man looking to hitchhike to the Campanile hotel and decided to help the man by giving him a ride. After arriving at the hotel just after midnight, the couple accompanied the man to the reception of the hotel.

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Germany: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Does Not Automatically Mean Islamism, States Bavarian Prosecutor

Munich’s chief public prosecutor, Gabriele Tilmann, has warned against automatically inferring religious motives when violent offenders shout the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar,” the Junge Freiheit news outlet has reported.

In her remarks during an interview with der Spiegel magazine, Tilmann referenced the fatal knife attack in Würzburg, which occurred in June 2021, where a 24-year-old Somali man killed three women aged 82, 49, and 24, in a local department store. Several other women and a 16-year-old were injured, some seriously, while another man escaped with minor injuries.

Experts then concluded that the perpetrator was mentally ill, and the attacker was transferred to a psychiatric clinic.

“During the attack, the man shouted ‘Allahu Akbar,’ but even that does not necessarily indicate an Islamist background,” the prosecutor told the German publication.

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Introducing the Reset: The Great Reset Docuseries

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, a highly-influential organization known as the World Economic Forum has been under scrutiny for using the global crisis as a means of advancing their own agenda.

Chaired by its founder Klaus Schwab, the WEF aims to influence governments across the world to implement its vision and shape policies to comply with the organization’s agenda.

In this docuseries, we will be exploring the book The Great Reset, co-authored by Schwab and published in June 2020, just a few months after COVID-19 began shaping our world, along with those collaborating with the WEF to push its globalist agenda.

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Italy: Shock After FFF Activists’ Homes Raided Over Gazprom Protest

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 20 — Environmentalists expressed shock on Friday after the homes of three Italian Fridays For Future activists were raided on Thursday following a complaint filed by Russian energy giant Gazprom.

In the dawn raids, the police reportedly seized a variety of items, including mobile phones and a peace flag, and one of the activists was quoted as saying he was made to strip naked and do press-ups to prove he was hiding nothing.

Fridays For Future Italia said the three are accused of vandalizing the offices of a Gasprom subsidiary during a protest on March 19.

In a statement, Fridays For Future Italia said the raids were disproportionately heavy-handed, especially as they came two months after the protest.

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Italy Proposes UN Plan for Peaceful Settlement in Ukraine

Italy has proposed a phased plan for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine, starting with a ceasefire and ending with a treaty on “disputed territories” and a general multilateral agreement on security guarantees in Europe.

According to the newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday, this plan, prepared by the Foreign Ministry with the participation of the prime minister, was submitted the day before by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Representatives of the G-7 countries have also been informed of the initiative.

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Polish PM Promises Military Aid to Sweden and Finland During NATO Application if Attacked

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has promised to give military aid to both Finland and Sweden if either country is attacked during the application process to join the NATO military alliance, following a similar move by the UK.

Prime Minister Morawiecki stated his support for both Finland and Sweden on Thursday stating, “ I consider Sweden and Finland’s joining of NATO a significant strengthening of peace in Europe. And a serious defeat of the Kremlin.”

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Syrian Knifeman Stabs at Least Three People Including His Wife, Leaving One Critically Injured, Before Being Arrested in Norway

A knifeman from Syria was arrested in Norway after at least three people were stabbed with a sharp object — including his own wife, leaving one critically injured, police said.

The attack, which took place Friday morning in the village of Nore, 60 miles west of Oslo, had previously been labelled as ‘random’.

But police later confirmed that it involved a ‘family relationship’, with one of the victims being the attacker’s estranged wife.

‘This is a family from Syria, and the perpetrator and one of the injured are married,’ police inspector Odd Skei Kostveit said in a statement.

Police said the suspect was a man who had received a restraining order in December following an investigation of domestic violence.

The suspect, who also was injured, was held on suspicion of ‘grievous bodily harm,’ police said…

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UK: Ava White: Murder Accused ‘Just Wanted to Frighten Her Away’

A boy accused of stabbing schoolgirl Ava White to death has told a jury he was “scared” she would “jump” him.

The 12-year-old was killed after a Christmas lights switch-on in Liverpool city centre on 25 November 2021.

The 14-year-old boy, who denies murder and manslaughter but admits having an offensive weapon, told Liverpool Crown Court he had wanted to “frighten her away” as she was “getting in my face”.

Asked if he had meant to stab Ava, he replied: “No, I promise you.”

The jury has previously heard claims from the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, that he stabbed Ava in self-defence after an altercation.

‘Quite angry’

Giving evidence over video-link, he said he had been in the city centre with three friends when he had filmed a Snapchat video of Ava and her friends “messing on the floor”.

The court heard Ava then approached him and told him to “delete the video”, before leaving and returning with more of her friends.

The boy said he heard one of the group tell his friend to “delete the video now or I’m going to stab you”…

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UK: Twitter Bans Comedian ABI Roberts

Twitter has banned comedian and political commentator Abi Roberts from its platform after she criticized COVID-19 vaccines in several tweets.

Roberts had over 46,000 followers when she was banned and created her account over 13 years ago in 2008.

In an episode of her “Abi Daily” podcast, Roberts said she was suspended after Twitter flagged two of her tweets.

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‘We Are on the Same Side of the Barricade,’ Klaus Tells Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met with former Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who is in Budapest for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Orban’s press secretary told national news agency MTI on Thursday.

Klaus, who recently called Orban the only credible European politician, congratulated the Hungarian prime minister on his election victory and the formation of his fifth government.

The meeting focused on the challenges posed by the Russo-Ukrainian war and the serious, long-term consequences of the conflict.

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Anti-Government Protests Spread in Iran After Flour-Based Food Staples Jump 300%

Large-scale street protests have been raging in Iran since last week, as inflation and the war in Ukraine have driven flour-based food staples to jump by as much as 300% — this also after the government moved to cut food subsidies.

Amid the soaring prices, already in an economy devastated by years of US sanctions gong back to the Trump administration’s pullout of the JCPOA nuclear deal, the central government has few options in terms of relief for the populace given assets abroad remain frozen.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Ukraine’s military intelligence chief said in an interview that the country would keep fighting until it evicts Russian forces from all of its territory, including Crimea.

Lawyers in the war-crimes trial of a Russian tank sergeant who admitted killing a civilian argued over the soldier’s intent. The three-judge panel plans to announce the verdict Monday.

Russia: Moscow is considering allowing people over 40 years old to enlist in the military. Russia will increase its military presence near its western border, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, as Finland and Sweden pursue membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Russia will stop exporting natural gas to Finland after state-owned energy company Gasum Oy refused to accept Moscow’s payment demands.

Food prices in Russia are rising amid surging inflation that is running at double the rate of the West. As setbacks on the battlefield have mounted, critical voices in Russia have grown louder.

Europe: While Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary is blocking a European Union embargo on Russian oil, his country’s largest energy company is accelerating efforts to buy oil elsewhere.

The world’s richest economies agreed to provide around $20 billion in emergency economic aid for Kyiv.

Washington: The Senate passed a nearly $40 billion military and economic aid package for Ukraine.

United Nations: Italy presented a four-point peace plan to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that covers matters from a ceasefire to Ukrainian neutrality to the status of Crimea.

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President of Latvia Supports Forming of Special Tribunal for Russia’s War Crimes in Ukraine

The President of Latvia Egils Levits has revealed his support for the formation of a special tribunal to preside over alleged Russian war crimes during the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Latvia recently joined Ukraine’s appeal to the International Court of Justice, and its president visited Kyiv in April alongside his Lithuanian, Estonian and Polish counterparts, during which Levits acknowledged that he had witnessed Russian war crimes.

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Russia’s Crimes Are ‘Geopolitical Wake-Up Call, ‘ Claims Polish PM

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has firmly rejected any notion that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be allowed to save face following his country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, and called for Russia’s total isolation on the global stage in the years to come.

“I hear that there are attempts to allow Putin to save face on the international stage, but how can you save something that has been lost?” Morawiecki asked during a speech at the Polish Institute of Foreign Affairs’ (PISM) “Strategic Arc” conference in Warsaw.

“The paradox of this war is that if Ukraine wins it will be its victory, but if it loses it will be a defeat for all of us and the world as we know it,” the Polish leader warned.

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Top Putin Aide Predicts “Global Famine” By the End of This Year

A top aide to Vladimir Putin has predicted a “global famine” that will occur before the end of the year as a result of worldwide grain shortages caused by the war in Ukraine.

Maksim Oreshkin asserts that the United States’ attempt to takeover Ukraine’s grain reserves is going to lead to a humanitarian disaster.

“It is important that in the conditions, for example, of a global famine that will occur closer to autumn, by the end of this year all over the world, Russia should not suffer, but be fully provided with food,” Oreshkin said.

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Microsoft’s Censorship for China is Drifting Into the US, Report Alleges

According to some researchers, Microsoft continues to look for, and find ways to cozy up to the Chinese authorities. This time, the behemoth is accused of censoring content frowned upon by Beijing in its search engine, Bing.

Given China’s history of online censorship this is on the face of it not a particularly newsworthy piece of information — except Microsoft is allegedly doing this in search results shown to US users.

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NBA Owners Silent on Relationship to China, Invested More Than $10 Billion in Chinese Interests

A new analysis from ESPN found that owners of NBA teams have collectively invested $10 billion in China.

The report, published on Thursday, found that NBA team owners, who have been frequently criticized for continuing to do business with China, have invested billions of dollars into the Chinese economy. The NBA has refused to address the human rights issues of the communist country — including the repression of the Uyghurs — while star athletes like Lebron James continue to virtue signal about systemic racism in America.

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South Australia Introduces Prospect of Jail Time for Breaking Strict COVID Restrictions

The state government of South Australia is about to introduce the harshest penalties in the nation, and some of the most severe in the world, for those breaking Covid restrictions.

The regulations, which are coded in the Public Health Act, mandate that citizens that break isolation rules or fail to abide by vaccine passport and mask mandates are subject to a fine of $20,000 or two years in prison.

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Monkeypox — How Bad is it?

The Nigerian CDC is urging its citizens to stop eating ‘bush meat’ (monkeys and rats) in order to help stop the spread of the global monkeypox outbreak.

Some cultures are better than others!

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WHO Warns Summer Festivals, Mass Gatherings Could Accelerate Spread of Monkeypox

The WHO is warning that summer festivals and mass gatherings could accelerate the spread of monkeypox in the first indication that health technocrats may once again attempt to impose restrictions in the name of stopping the spread of a virus.

Monkeypox cases in the UK, where the virus first arrived thanks to someone traveling back from Nigeria, have more than doubled, it was revealed earlier today.

At least nine other countries around the world have also reported suspected cases of the virus, which can cause severe illness in young children, pregnant women, and individuals who are immunocompromised.

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As Migration Numbers Explode, Salvini Points Out That He is Still on Trial for Defending Italy’s Borders

With immigration surging due to favorable weather, Italian League party leader Matteo Salvini is pointing out that he is currently on trial for defending his country’s borders by refusing to allow migrant ships to dock.

“The landings continue unabated, but tomorrow I am on trial in Palermo because as a minister I had drastically reduced them,” wrote Salvini on social media.

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Berlin Mayor Vows to Speed Up German Naturalization for Foreign Nationals

The governing mayor of Berlin has announced that foreign nationals will be naturalized more quickly and in large numbers across the Germany capital, according to reports by the Junge Freiheit news outlet.

Speaking in front of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) praised the part that immigration has played in the city’s cultural enrichment.

“Berlin without immigration is hard to imagine. How poor would our city be,” she told the chamber.

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Czechia Receives Over €27.4 Million From the EU to Help With Ukrainian Refugees

The Czech Republic will receive €27.4 million from EU funds to help refugees from Ukraine, the European Commission has confirmed.

Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania will also receive financial aid with the total amount being released from the Home Affairs fund by the European Commission totaling €248 million.

The funding is primarily intended to be used for food, transportation, and accommodation costs for non-EU nationals fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

According to the latest U.N. figures, 6.4 million people have fled Ukraine during the conflict, most of whom have taken refuge in EU countries, by far the most in Poland with a current total of 3.4 million. Just shy of 1 million have now been registered in Romania, 626,000 have claimed asylum in Hungary, and almost 350,000 have flocked to Czechia for safety.

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EU Funds for Hosting Ukrainian Refugees ‘Pathetically Low, ‘ Says Polish Infrastructure Minister

Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk has hit out at the extent of EU funding on offer for member states hosting refugees from Ukraine, describing the level of financial support as “pathetically low.”

In an interview for TVP Info, Adamczyk reminded viewers that Poland has applied for support of €11 billion and that that amount would effectively also help Ukraine.

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Justice Department to Appeal Decision Blocking Biden Admin From Ending Title 42

The Department of Justice announced on Friday evening that it will appeal a decision handed down by a federal judge which blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42.

Western District of Louisiana Judge Robert Summerhays granted a preliminary injunction on Friday which blocks the Biden administration from following through on its plan to end the pandemic immigration order on May 23.

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Surprise! First Transfer of Migrants From UK to Rwanda Halted by Legal Challenges

Lawyers for activist “charities” and trade unions have successfully halted the first planned transfer of migrants from Britain to Rwanda, in a move which has surprised no one — including the government.

The Priti Patel-led Home Office, which is the government department with broad responsibility for national security, policing, and border immigration control in the United Kingdom, has agreed to halt flights until after June 6th after activists sent “pre-action” letters confirming they would try to overturn the transfer policy in the courts.

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Sweden Giving Free Domestic Flights to Migrants to Avoid ‘Long’ Bus, Train Rides

The Swedish government is providing free domestic air travel to ‘refugees’ to spare them from discomfort on ‘long’ bus or train rides, according to reports.

At least four ‘quota refugees’ were invited by the Swedish Migration Agency to fly from Malmö to the capital city of Stockholm, a distance of less than 400 miles over the road.

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UK: Babies and Small Children Are Among Latest Group of 30 Migrants to Make it Across the Channel as Dominic Raab Admits Only Hundreds Are Likely to be Sent to Rwanda for Processing Each Year

Babies and small children were among the 20-30 migrants to arrive in the UK after crossing the Channel today.

A toddler aged around four was pictured as they were carried into Dover Harbour by a Border Force officer before lunch time.

Rescue cutter boat HMS Searcher picked up the migrants at sea and brought them in. The toddler was followed by his mother close by.

Strong winds and rain closed the Harbour early on Friday afternoon.

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UK: Dominic Raab Admits Rwanda Migrant Flights ‘Likely’ To Only Take Hundreds to Africa Every Year…

…after Boris Johnson claimed ‘tens of thousands’ would go in five-year £120m deal — as 100 more cross the Channel despite first arrivals being told to leave

Dominic Raab admitted today that the number of migrants deported to Rwanda from Britain is likely to only be in the ‘hundreds’ per year, despite Boris Johnson claiming tens of thousands could be sent.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister said he wanted to ‘manage expectations’ about the plan to give people deemed to have arrived in the UK illegally a one-way ticket to the east African nation.

When announced last month, Boris Johnson said tens of thousands of people could be flown there under a five-year deal costing taxpayers £120million.

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UK: Tearful Villagers Tell Home Office Officials They Have ‘No Choice’ But to Protest Over Planned Centre for 1,500 Migrants at Heated Public Meeting

Residents of a North Yorkshire village expressed outrage after a meeting with Home Office officials over plans for an asylum reception centre to be opened on a former RAF base.

Locals from Linton-on-Ouse met with officials from Priti Patel’s department and North Yorkshire Police about the plan to house 1,500 asylum seekers on the base.

Some of those present at the public meeting burst into tears after officials said the first asylum seekers could arrive in the former RAF training base before the end of the month.

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Australia: Biological Man Powers to Victory in Women’s Surfing Event

In another flagrant example of cultural insanity, a person who is clearly biologically a man was allowed to easily win a prominent women’s surfing competition in Australia.

Surfing Western Australia notes that trans competitor Sasha Jane Lowerson was awarded first place in both the Open Women’s Longboard and Open Women’s Logger.

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Australian Cop Who Said There Are Only Two Genders Faces Investigation

An Australian policeman, a 62-year-old policeman, Sergeant Bruno Stafiieri, is being investigated after an online comment telling another officer that there are only two genders.

“So you are doing tertiary education studying genders,” Staffieri wrote, “I’ll make it easy for you to pass … there are 2.”

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Batman Going Bi? DC Comics Purportedly Changes Iconic Hero’s Sexuality

With characters like Harley Quinn and Robin coming out as bisexual, DC Comics has been attempting to provide more representation for the LGBT community in their comics lately. And now, fans suspect that Bruce Wayne may be the latest character to come out in the new Batman comic.

According to Yahoo! News, Issue #5 of Batman: The Night by Chip Zdarsky, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, and Pat Brosseau, a scene takes place during which Bruce Wayne, after a failed mission, leans in for a kiss with his fellow trainee Anton but is “interrupted by Avery Oblonsky, the ex-KGB agent training them.”

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Court Rules ‘Gender Queer’ Too ‘Obscene’ For Viewing by Minors

On Wednesday, the Circuit Court for the City of Virginia Beach deemed two novels to be “obscene for unrestricted viewing by minors,” including the widely controversial graphic novel “Gender Queer, A Memoir.”

Virginia Republican congressional candidate Tommy Altman brought his concerns regarding these “obscene” materials, which have been distributed amongst grade school libraries across the state, to the court, petitioning for parents to have the right to make decisions on whether their children have access to materials containing sexual content.

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Netflix Scraps Ibram X Kendi’s ‘Antiracist Baby’ Among Other Woke Shows

Netflix has pulled the plug on a number of projects, including Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s woke animated series aimed at preschoolers, “Antiracist Baby,” as well as other projects

According to Variety, the streaming giant also dropped “Wings of Fire,” “With Kind Regards From Kindergarten,” as well as another Kendi project, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You.”

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San Francisco Archbishop Bars Pelosi From Receiving Holy Communion Due to Abortion Support

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is barred from receiving Holy Communion due to her pro-abortion stance — marking an escalation in a decades-long tension between the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Democratic politicians on abortion.

Cordileone has written to the California Democrat, informing her that she should not present herself for Holy Communion at Mass, and that priests will not distribute communion to her if she does present herself.

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School Board Director Plans ‘Queer Night’ For Children Hosted Inside Sex Shop

A school board director in Washington state plans to host a “Queer Youth Open Mic Night” at a sex shop she owns and has invited all children aged “0 to 18 years old” to attend.

Yes, really.

Jenn Mason, a member of the Bellingham Public Schools board of directors, will hold the June 1st event at her WinkWink Boutique in Bellingham.

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Virginia Mom Criticizes School Board for ‘Totalitarian’ Rule That Could Punish Students for Misgendering Peers

A Fairfax County, Va., mom sharply criticized the school board for a proposed rule which could suspend or expel students for “maliciously misgendering” their peers, calling the board’s actions a “move toward totalitarianism.”

“I think it’s inappropriate, completely, for the school to be involved in something so far outside of general education for children,” Stephanie Lundquist-Arora, who has three sons in the Fairfax County Public Schools system, told Fox News Digital.

“It’s clearly an activist board we have. It’s basically a totalitarian regime. They like to ban everything they’re against, and mandate everything they’re for,” she said.

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World Health Organization Pandemic Treaty: A Fresh Push for Vaccine Passports, Global Surveillance, And More

Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) are days away from voting on an international pandemic treaty and amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) which would give the unelected WHO greater control of national emergency healthcare decisions and new powers to push vaccine passports, global surveillance, and “global coordinated actions” that address “misinformation” whenever it declares a “health emergency.”

From May 22 to May 28, representatives of the WHO’s 194 member states (which represent 98% of all the countries in the world) will attend a World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva and vote on this treaty and the proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR). If passed, both the treaty and amendments to the IHR will be legally binding under international law.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/20/2022

  1. The House of Representatives has voted to pass a resolution that calls for increased surveillance and censorship of online speech, to help reduce antisemitism.

    So we get to pick and Jews, along with supporting semis (that deliver what we buy to the grocery shelves).

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