Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/21/2022

Late last night a shooting broke out during a high school graduation celebration at a hookah lounge in San Bernardino, California. The deadly confrontation spilled over into a gas station opposite the hookah bar. One person was killed and nine others were wounded.

In other news, health officials are warning that the monkeypox outbreak is likely spread significantly, especially within the gay community.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, LP, MM, Reader from Chicago, SS, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Sri Lanka, Facing Dire Economic Crisis, Defaults on Debts for First Time in Its History
» UK: Boris on Inflation: State Will ‘Put Our Arms Around the People as We Did During COVID’
 
USA
» Airlines Struggling to Find Pilots Consider Lowering Requirements for New Hires
» Biden Signs Bills for Ukraine Aid and Baby Formula Into Law During South Korea Trip
» Brooklyn Half Marathon Runner Dies After Collapsing at Finish Line Amid Brutal Weather Conditions
» Family of Late Rev. Marita Harrell Says God Called Her to Mentor Those in Trouble
» Family Member of Fire Bomber Who Tried to Set Cops Ablaze Say He Was Just Protesting
» Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Accuses Google of Censoring Campaign Emails
» GOP Senators Urge Biden to Withdraw US From WHO Over ‘Abysmal Lack of Competence’
» Largest US High-Tech Facial Recognition Software Rolled Out at Miami Airport
» Louisiana’s Department of Education Shifts From CRT to American Exceptionalism
» Mayor Adams Reportedly Considering 2024 Presidential Run, Says Party Has Gone ‘Too Far Left’
» Musk Responds to Online Accusations: ‘There Will be Blood’ Through ‘Hardcore Litigation Department’
» NY Gov. Kathy Hochul to Create New Police Unit to Increase Social Media Monitoring
» One Dead, Nine Injured in San Bernardino Party Shooting
» Police Investigating Possible Shooting Incident in San Bernardino
» Princeton Professor Who Opposed Woke Agenda Claims He’s Being Penalized With ‘Politically Motivated’ Investigation
» Report: Three Clinton Donors on Sussmann Jury in D.C.
» Ten Shot, One Dead at Highland Hookah Lounge Party
» University Professor Who Lost Job for ‘Black Privilege’ Comment is Reinstated, Wins Back Lost Pay
 
Europe and the EU
» Exclusive: Hungary and Poland Must Stand Together or Face the Consequences, Says Polish MEP Patryk Jaki
» Former German Chancellor Resigns From Russian Energy Corp Board After EU Threat
» Germany: University Offers Master’s Degree Against the ‘Right’
» ‘Imagine the Compliance’: Pfizer CEO Pitches Davos Elites on Wifi Microchip Pills
» Maria Schmidt: Europe is Now Completely Americanized, And it is Having Disastrous Consequences
» Protesters Clash With Police Ahead of Davos Meeting
» Topless Protestor Rushes Red Carpet Event in France — ‘Stop Raping Us’
» UK Health Professionals Warn There Will be ‘Really Significant’ Rise in Monkeypox Cases
» UK: Disgraced Doctor Who Blamed Sex Attack on Nurse on ‘Different Cultural Norms’ Back in Work
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Blockade Farnborough Airport in Protest Against ‘Europe’s Premier Private Jet Facility’
» UK: Gay Men Could be Offered Monkeypox Vaccine in Targeted Rollout as Experts Fear Dozens of Infected Patients Are Slipping Under Radar — as Sajid Javid Announces Another Eleven Cases
» UK: Julian Assange Supporter Sparks Counter-Terror Alert After Trying to Drill Into 30ft Prison Wall to Break Him Free
» ‘We Are the Antidote for Globalism and Multiculturalism’ — Tom Van Grieken Delights CPAC Hungary Audience With Impassioned Speech
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Russia Threatens to Demand Rubles for Grain, Other Exports
» Russia Cuts Off Natural Gas Supply to Finland
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Election: Labor Party’s Albanese to Take Power After Morrison Concedes Defeat
» Awkward Moment Liberal Senator Tells Influential Son of Australia’s First Billionaire to Stick Apology ‘Up His Jumper’ — As Teal ‘Independents’ He Funded Tear Apart Blue-Ribbon Seats
 
Immigration
» Biden’s Border Crisis — Half a Million Migrants Crossed US Border in 10 Weeks
» UK: Over £7 MILLION of Taxpayer Cash Given to Groups Fighting Plan to Send Migrants to Rwanda
 
Culture Wars
» Bill Maher Examines Jump in LGBTQ, Expresses Concern Over Pressure to Adopt Sexual Orientations
» Denver Archbishop Commends Decision to Deny Communion to Nancy Pelosi
» Disney Releases LGBTQ Pride-Themed Toys Marketed to Children
» Exclusive: European Union Used Taxpayer Money for Drag Queens in Youth Education Programme
» FairEmail App Shuts Down After Google Ban
» Maine School Superintendent Accused of Religious Discrimination After Delaying Parent’s Complaint About Gender Theory Materials
» Woke Church in Florida Hosts Drag Show for Kids as Young as 12
 

Sri Lanka, Facing Dire Economic Crisis, Defaults on Debts for First Time in Its History

May 20 (UPI) — For the first time in Sri Lanka’s history, the economically ailing nation has defaulted on its debts amid an ongoing financial and political crisis exacerbated by the Ukrainian war and COVID-19 pandemic.

As the country’s citizens struggle to cope with a nearly 40% inflation rate, shortages of gas, medication and food, and rolling power blackouts, Sri Lankans have staged protests across the country.

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

UK: Boris on Inflation: State Will ‘Put Our Arms Around the People as We Did During COVID’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the state will “put our arms around the British people again as we did during Covid” amid the cost of living and inflationary crisis.

The British prime minister was speaking at a conference of the Conservative (Tory) Party, which he leads, in Wales, where the devolved government — roughly equivalent to a U.S. state government — is led by the rival Labour Party.

[Comment: Oh no.]

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

Airlines Struggling to Find Pilots Consider Lowering Requirements for New Hires

Airlines struggling to find pilots to fill cockpits in planes across the country are considering lowering the bar for qualified fliers, including halving the number of hours required to become a pilot.

The drop in requirements looks different across airlines. Delta airlines removed the 4-year college degree requirement in January, saying qualified fliers don’t need a bachelor’s degree if they have relevant flight experience.

Representatives from companies like Delta, American, and United have submitted requests to the Federal Aviation Administration to hire pilots with 750 flight hours instead of the customary 1,500.

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

Biden Signs Bills for Ukraine Aid and Baby Formula Into Law During South Korea Trip

During a four-day trip to meet with South Korea’s newly elected president, President Joe Biden signed two pieces of legislation into law, including a $40 billion spending bill for Ukraine, and a measure to ease the baby formula shortage.

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

Brooklyn Half Marathon Runner Dies After Collapsing at Finish Line Amid Brutal Weather Conditions

A runner is dead after collapsing at the finish line of the annual Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday, authorities said.

The 30-year-old runner, who was not identified, was crossing the finish line and collapsed. FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told The Associated Press the runner was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

Dwyer said at least six other runners were transported to a hospital.

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

Family of Late Rev. Marita Harrell Says God Called Her to Mentor Those in Trouble

A pastor was stabbed to death by a man the family says she was providing guidance too. The family spoke about Pastor Marita Harrell and said she was a woman who served God through others. Police say they have arrested the suspect.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Rev. Marita Harrell had a smile that could light up a whole room. Many who knew the 57-year-old mother might say her face was the reflection of God’s love.

The community came together nearly 48 hours after the badly burned body of the senior pastor at Connections at Metropolitan UMC was found by her husband and her eldest daughter in a van abandoned along the isolated Coffee Road. DeKalb County police said Harrell had been stabbed to death at a home along Panola Road, Griggs then dumped her body into her van, drove to the remote location, and tried to hide the crime by setting a fire, investigators said.

Christopher Griggs, 27, was arrested late Thursday evening and charged with malice murder and first-degree arson. Police said they were able to track the crime back to Griggs using the reverend’s phone. Rev. Harrell had a counseling session with Griggs the same night she was found dead, investigators said.

Those close to the pastor said she often reached out to young adults to try to help them turn their lives around. Still, court records indicate Griggs should have not even been out and free the night Harrell was killed.

Christopher Griggs’ troubled past

Griggs has run into several legal issues over the past few years. One of those issues were supposed to be addressed late last month in court, but records indicate he never showed. Gwinnett County Judge Deborah R. Fluker issued a bench warrant for Griggs’ arrest earlier this month after failing to appear for a hearing on April 28…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Family Member of Fire Bomber Who Tried to Set Cops Ablaze Say He Was Just Protesting

In the wake of the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Reuel Rodriguez-Nunez earlier this month, his brother Jensel Rodriguez-Nunez is criticizing police for using deadly force against what he believes was an act of protest — throwing a molotov cocktail at a police officer.

On May 7th, Reuel Rodriguez-Nunez was found lighting cars on fire in the Southeast District Station of Raleigh, North Carolina. When approached by law enforcement and asked to stop, Nunez threw a molotov cocktail at one of the responders, prompting the four police officers at the scene to open fire. Nunez sustained multiple gunshot injuries, was rushed to a hospital, and died later that same day.

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

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Accuses Google of Censoring Campaign Emails

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is accusing Google of censoring his campaign emails, stating that his campaign is in “Google purgatory.”

Rubio tweeted on Saturday morning that 66% of his campaign emails to “registered supporters” with a Gmail address have been sent to a spam inbox since a “Pelosi Puppet” announced she is running against him.

“Marco Rubio for Senate is in @Google purgatory Since a Pelosi puppet announced she was running against me they have sent 66% of my emails to REGISTERED SUPPORTERS with @gmail to spam,” Rubio tweeted. “And during the final weeks of finance quarters it climbs to over 90%”

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

GOP Senators Urge Biden to Withdraw US From WHO Over ‘Abysmal Lack of Competence’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) are strongly recommending the US leave the WHO due to its “corrupt and inept” nature.

The pair made the comments in a letter to US President Joe Biden, which cites the WHO’s January 2020 insistence that COVID could not be spread from human to human and its praise of totalitarian China’s pandemic handling.

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

Largest US High-Tech Facial Recognition Software Rolled Out at Miami Airport

By 2023, all of Miami International Airport ‘s (MIA) more than 130 gates will be equipped with facial biometric recognition technology, making it the “largest implementation of biometrics at a US airport”. Critics fear that this surveillance could undermine privacy.

“MIA says it will merely require passengers to step in front of a camera at a boarding gate and have their identity verified,” reported Biometric Update magazine.

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

Louisiana’s Department of Education Shifts From CRT to American Exceptionalism

Authored by Matt McGregor via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Louisiana public schools are closing the door to woke ideologies in social studies curricula and turning instead to American exceptionalism.

“If you look throughout the course of American history, you see that we have always been on a quest for freedom, whether it was the signers of the Declaration of Independence or the abolishment of slavery,” Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley told The Epoch Times.

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

Mayor Adams Reportedly Considering 2024 Presidential Run, Says Party Has Gone ‘Too Far Left’

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is reportedly interested a bid for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination if Joe Biden, the oldest president in American history, decides not to run for a second term.

An anonymous source close to Adams told the New York Post Adams thinks the national party has gone too far left, and the mayor thinks he has a platform to win.

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

Musk Responds to Online Accusations: ‘There Will be Blood’ Through ‘Hardcore Litigation Department’

Elon Musk is assembling a legal team to take on the growing amount of accusations against him, which he claims are completely bogus, — and he’s advertising the job openings on Twitter.

“Tesla is building a hardcore litigation department where we directly initiate & execute lawsuits,” Musk posted on Twitter Friday.

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

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul to Create New Police Unit to Increase Social Media Monitoring

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday tweeted that her office would come up with a comprehensive plan to deal with domestic terrorism.

As part of this plan, Hochul announced, the state would introduce more stringent gun laws, but also launch investigations into social media platforms that the governor says “promote” violent extremism.

This is happening in the wake of the Buffalo shooting, when 18-year-old Payton Gendron, who described himself as a white supremacist and has in the meanwhile pleaded not guilty to first degree murder, is charged with killing ten people in a racist massacre.

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

One Dead, Nine Injured in San Bernardino Party Shooting

One person is dead and nine are injured after gunfire erupted in a large crowd of partygoers in San Bernardino, California.

The shooting took place just before midnight on Friday.

A witness told ABC7 that she saw teenagers who appeared to be gathered for a graduation party at a hookah bar near the corner of North Palm and Highland Avenue.

She said after the initial shooting a vehicle pulled into the gas station where she was pumping gas and a person inside opened fire there shooting two girls.

A statement from police confirmed the crowd of people was in the area attending a party.

There was a massive response from law enforcement which remained on-site on Saturday morning.

One report says the deceased is a 20-year-old male whose identity has not yet been officially confirmed.

No arrests have been made and a motive for the shooting is so far unknown…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Police Investigating Possible Shooting Incident in San Bernardino

Ten people were shot and one person is dead following a shooting in San Bernardino Saturday.

There was a large police presence as officers blocked off an intersection where it happened during an investigation.

The incident occurred just after midnight, at a gas station on Highland Avenue in San Bernardino.

By 6 a.m. the intersection of Highland Avenue and Palm Avenue were shut down by the San Bernardino Police Department.

Police are remaining tight-lipped on what happened but one witness, who did not want to be identified, said she saw at least five people get shot after four cars pulled into the gas station.

The suspect is still outstanding and a motive for the shooting is unclear…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Princeton Professor Who Opposed Woke Agenda Claims He’s Being Penalized With ‘Politically Motivated’ Investigation

Princeton University professor Joshua Katz claims an ongoing sexual misconduct investigation against him is “politically motivated.”

Katz says the university decided to investigate an incident from 2006 after he publicly criticized the university’s proposals to “address Princeton’s racist history” in 2020, following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

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

Report: Three Clinton Donors on Sussmann Jury in D.C.

As many as three donors to Hillary Clinton’s past presidential campaigns are members of the jury in the trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in Washington, D.C., who faces the sole charge of lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors working with Special Counsel John H. Durham contend that Sussmann concealed his work for the campaign when passing along information to the FBI about an alleged link between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, via Alfa Bank.

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

Ten Shot, One Dead at Highland Hookah Lounge Party

No arrests were reported after gunfire left one dead and nine people injured in the San Bernardino County community.

One person was killed and nine others were injured Friday night when someone with a handgun opened fire at a large party in Highland.

The shooting in the San Bernardino County community was reported just before midnight in the 3600 block of East Highland Avenue. Officers encountered a large crowd of about 100 people in the area for a party at a hookah lounge.

A shooting victim located outside died at the scene. A woman at the scene who identified herself as the victim’s grandmother said he is 20 years old.

Nine other people were hospitalized with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

University Professor Who Lost Job for ‘Black Privilege’ Comment is Reinstated, Wins Back Lost Pay

Central Florida University has been ordered to rehire Charles Negy, an assistant professor who was fired for a June 2020 tweet about “black privilege.”

An arbitrator recently overruled the school’s decision to fire him and ordered salary lost during the firing period be paid.

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

Exclusive: Hungary and Poland Must Stand Together or Face the Consequences, Says Polish MEP Patryk Jaki

What are your expectations from the EU and rule of law sanctions going into the future? There is talk that with the proper judicial reform policy, Poland will soon gain access to the EU funding they were promised.

I think that even if the EU sends some money to Poland, it will be less than what we thought we would receive based on the EU treaties and the agreement we made. Why? Well, they would like to change the government in Poland and Hungary, and the rule of law is now the method they are using.

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

Former German Chancellor Resigns From Russian Energy Corp Board After EU Threat

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder has quit his role on the supervisory board of the Russian oil company Rosneft after pressure from the European Union.

Schröder announced that he would be stepping down from his role with Rosneft on Friday following a resolution in the European Parliament that called for sanctions to be enacted against former European politicians who have gone on to work for Russian companies.

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

Germany: University Offers Master’s Degree Against the ‘Right’

Labelling unwanted political critics has become a field of study. The University of Marburg in Germany offers a master’s degree against the “right”. Exclusion and discrimination against those with a different opinion will soon be studied at the Philipps University in Marburg.

In the coming winter semester there will be a master’s degree course on “Fighting Right-Wing Extremism” that is “unique in Germany”. Such specialists are currently particularly needed, said Tina Dürr, who is developing the course.

Last year “there were more crimes with a political background in Germany”. But even the Tagesschau admitted that the reasons for this increase in politically motivated crimes “cannot be assigned to either the left or the right spectrum”.

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

‘Imagine the Compliance’: Pfizer CEO Pitches Davos Elites on Wifi Microchip Pills

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla may have forgotten he was on camera this week, as he dazzled the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos with fantasies of ingestible computer chips that signal authorities when a drug has been digested.

“It is a, basically biological chip that is in the tablet. And once we take the tablet and dissolves into the stomach, sends a signal that you took the table. So imagine the applications of that — the compliance. The insurance companies know that the medicines patients should take, they take them.”

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

Maria Schmidt: Europe is Now Completely Americanized, And it is Having Disastrous Consequences

Professor Maria Schmidt, the director-general of the House of Terror and the 21st Century Institute in Budapest, Hungary, offered a dramatic vision of the situation of Western Europe and the world, which has “lost its self-representation and has been completely Americanized,” in a debate article written at the request of PestiSracok.hu for its series entitled “Where to next? — A debate on the tasks of the national agenda.” In the article, she also offers strong advice to the fifth Orban government, which is starting its work “under extremely difficult circumstances.”

According to Schmidt, the reform of healthcare, education and defense must be continued. As part of this last point, she says we need to rethink the reintroduction of universal conscription for men and women, since war, as we can see, is by no means a thing of the past. The professor stresses in her piece that the government has always represented Hungarian interests on the basis of realpolitik, but now it must do everything it can to find allies and curb the escalation of war. “As the eyes of the people in the West are increasingly opened, new opportunities will arise,” she notes.

The Fidesz-KDNP’s fourth two-thirds victory in a row is a great success and a joy, but also a great responsibility, especially as we have to continue governing on a difficult path, where maintaining the results achieved so far will be a challenging task.

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

Protesters Clash With Police Ahead of Davos Meeting

ZURICH (Reuters) — Dozens of anti-capitalist protesters clashed with police in Zurich on Friday ahead of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in the Alpine resort of Davos starting on Sunday.

The unauthorised “Smash WEF” demonstration is a regular occurrence in Switzerland’s financial hub before the world’s business and political elite gather around 120 km (70 miles) away.

Police used pepper spray and rubberised pellets to break up the march through the downtown district.

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

Topless Protestor Rushes Red Carpet Event in France — ‘Stop Raping Us’

A topless protester barrelled onto the floor of the red-carpet movie premiere of “Three Thousand Years of Longing” in Cannes, France on Friday afternoon, covered in paint and screaming “stop raping us.”

The woman was covered only in a pair of underwear. She had splashes of blood-red paint around her legs and genital region, and a bright blue and yellow rectangle painted across her chest. The words “stop raping us” were scrawled onto the rectangle. The word “scum” had been written on her lower back.

Security quickly draped a jacket over the woman and removed her from the area

Many online commentators believe the scene was an act of protest against sex crimes, like rape, that have been committed during Ukraine-Russia conflict. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, has not offered motivation for interrupting the event. The design on her chest closely mirrors the Ukrainian flag.

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

UK Health Professionals Warn There Will be ‘Really Significant’ Rise in Monkeypox Cases

British health professionals are expecting a “significant rise” in monkeypox cases over the coming weeks, as a Western outbreak of the disease continues to confound them.

Dr Claire Dewsnap, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), told Comcast-owned Sky News that there are “going to be more diagnoses over the next week.”

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

UK: Disgraced Doctor Who Blamed Sex Attack on Nurse on ‘Different Cultural Norms’ Back in Work

A disgraced doctor who sexually assaulted a nurse on a hospital ward and then tried to blame the incident on ‘cultural norms’ in the UK has been passed fit to treat patients again.

Imran Qureshi, 44, grabbed the breast of the young woman and told her he wanted an affair after he saw her as ‘sexually available,’ a misconduct hearing was previously told.

The nurse, known only as Miss A, was said to be ‘shaken up and distraught’ after reporting how the married father-of-two grabbed her chest for two seconds before trying to ‘make light’ of it and then becoming aggressive.

Although Qureshi admitted he made a ‘‘misjudgement’’, he blamed it on the UK’s different ‘cultural norms’ as opposed to his native Pakistan and he failed to spot a proverbial ‘red light’ warning him to make no advances towards the victim. But he was convicted of sexual assault and suspended from work, and she claimed she found it difficult to trust male colleagues following the incident.

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

UK: Extinction Rebellion Blockade Farnborough Airport in Protest Against ‘Europe’s Premier Private Jet Facility’

Eco-activists from Extinction Rebellion have launched a protest at Farnborough Airport this morning (May 21) as they demand an end to private flights and tax-free fuel for the rich. Demonstrators have blocked a number of entrances to the airport which they have described as ‘Europe’s premier private jet facility’.

The act comes just a day before the Davos World Economic Forum meeting is set to take place in Switzerland. Politicians and businessmen from around the world are expected to fly to the annual event in private jets, where they will discuss climate change.

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

UK: Gay Men Could be Offered Monkeypox Vaccine in Targeted Rollout as Experts Fear Dozens of Infected Patients Are Slipping Under Radar — as Sajid Javid Announces Another Eleven Cases

Gay men could be offered monkeypox vaccines as part of a focused rollout to tackle the UK’s outbreak, which today doubled in size.

Leading experts told MailOnline the strategy could be deployed if cases continue to disproportionally be in homosexual and bisexual males.

Sajid Javid today revealed another 11 Britons had tested positive for the virus, taking the total to 20.

The Health Secretary said: ‘UKHSA have confirmed 11 new cases of monkeypox in the UK. This morning I updated G7 health ministers on what we know so far.

‘Most cases are mild, and I can confirm we have procured further doses of vaccines that are effective against monkeypox.’

No details about the new eleven patients have been released yet…

[I wonder when they will acknowledge that trans-women can also get monkeypox?]

           — Hat tip: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Julian Assange Supporter Sparks Counter-Terror Alert After Trying to Drill Into 30ft Prison Wall to Break Him Free

A POTTY “jailbreak” stunt by Julian Assange supporters sparked a counter-terror alert costing taxpayers thousands.

Police raced to HMP Belmarsh after spotting a woman trying to drill through a 30ft perimeter wall of the high-security prison.

A video on her group’s website also showed her spraying “Priti Patel — Save Julian Assange” on the concrete barrier.

Officers are understood to have seized paint bombs, an axe and a “Jailbreak in Progress” sign in the May 12 incident.

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

‘We Are the Antidote for Globalism and Multiculturalism’ — Tom Van Grieken Delights CPAC Hungary Audience With Impassioned Speech

On the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Hungary, the leader of the Vlaams Belang (VL) Belgian nationalist party Tom Van Grieken had delivered his speech that many have regarded as a highlight during the conference.

The address entitled “A conservative antidote for woke politics” started with an apology for some of his own countrymen, who he described as the same Belgian politicians who, working hand-in-hand with the European Union’s institutions, have brought shame to their own countrymen. He mentioned presidents of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and Charles Michel by name. While apologizing, he apologized to the one he said was “worst political export product of them all, the liberal windbag Guy Verhofstadt.”

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

Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Russia said it had completed its capture of the southeastern port city of Mariupol after the last Ukrainian fighters holed up at the Azovstal steel plant laid down their arms.

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.

U.S.: President Biden signed a nearly $40 billion package of military and economic assistance for Ukraine while visiting his South Korean counterpart in Seoul.

Russia: The Russian Foreign Ministry barred more U.S. citizens from entering the country, including actor Morgan Freeman and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in response to the Biden administration’s sanctions.

NATO: Bids by Finland and Sweden to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization now depend largely on Turkey’s president. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is standing in the way of a speedy entrance for the two countries, which would require the alliance’s unanimous support.

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.

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.

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

Russia Threatens to Demand Rubles for Grain, Other Exports

Russia may expand the list of commodities for which it demands payment in rubles to include grain, oil, metals and others, raising the stakes after President Vladimir Putin last week said Moscow will require European buyers of its gas to use the Russian currency.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Russia Cuts Off Natural Gas Supply to Finland

May 21 (UPI) — Russia cut off its natural gas supply to Finland’s state-owned energy firm, Gasum, the company announced Saturday.

“Natural gas supplies to Finland under Gasum’s supply contract have been cut off,” Gasum said in a statement.

The energy firm added that it will instead use other sources for its filling stations.

Gasum warned Friday that Russia would cut off the supply over the weekend.

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

Australia Election: Labor Party’s Albanese to Take Power After Morrison Concedes Defeat

Update (1230pm ET): As reported earlier, Australia’s Labor Party is set to take power for the first time since 2013 after the incumbent Liberal-National coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared defeat in Saturday’s closely watched federal election.

The Labor Party, led by career politician Anthony Albanese, is on track to beat the coalition although its ability to form a majority government is uncertain. The large number of postal votes that have yet to be tallied and a strong showing by independent candidates added to the uncertainty, analysts said cited by the South China Morning post.

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

Awkward Moment Liberal Senator Tells Influential Son of Australia’s First Billionaire to Stick Apology ‘Up His Jumper’ — As Teal ‘Independents’ He Funded Tear Apart Blue-Ribbon Seats

A Liberal Senator has told the multi millionaire puppet master financing the teal independents to ‘shove it up your jumper’ in a heated and awkward on-air exchange.

Jane Hume was part of Channel Nine’s star-studded election coverage when the network crossed to millionaire Simon Holmes a Court who was celebrating the success of the environmentally-conscious candidates he backed.

The network of independents has snatched up at least three seats in wealthy inner city areas and has scored major swings across the country in a stunning campaign that will cement Mr Holmes a Court as one of the most influential people in Australia.

Mr Holmes a Court called Ms Hume a liar when asked if he had any regrets about the ‘nasty’ campaign which saw an ugly standoff with the Senator in Melbourne this week…

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Biden’s Border Crisis — Half a Million Migrants Crossed US Border in 10 Weeks

Over half a million immigrants crossed the United States’ southern border in a 10-week window concluding on May 15th, a source told Breitbart news.

The number reflects apprehensions cited in the April Southwest Border Migration Report and unofficial numbers obtained from a law enforcement source within United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Between April 1st and the second week of May, over 513,000 immigrants reportedly entered the country. More granularly, law enforcement at the border apprehended 47,000 migrants this past week.

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UK: Over £7 MILLION of Taxpayer Cash Given to Groups Fighting Plan to Send Migrants to Rwanda

TAXPAYERS have given £7.7million to groups now fighting government plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

The grants or loans went to five organisations who have attacked the policy.

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Bill Maher Examines Jump in LGBTQ, Expresses Concern Over Pressure to Adopt Sexual Orientations

In a recent episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the longtime democratic political commentator examined the numbers behind the rapid growth of the LGBTQ community in the US.

The statistics are staggering — almost doubling with every American generation since 1940.

That’s worth at least a little consideration, Maher said. Could the upwards trajectory be in part due to a cultural shift and an emphasis on a “trendy” understanding of sexual orientation, he wondered.

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Denver Archbishop Commends Decision to Deny Communion to Nancy Pelosi

ROME — Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila released a statement Friday in support of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for barring Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion because of her aggressive abortion advocacy.

“I support and commend my brother bishop for making this courageous, compassionate, and necessary decision,” Archbishop Aquila said in his statement. “I know Archbishop Cordileone to be a shepherd with the heart and mind of Christ, who truly desires to lead others towards Christ’s love, mercy, and promise of eternal salvation.”

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Disney Releases LGBTQ Pride-Themed Toys Marketed to Children

Amid pushback from parents and Republican leaders, Disney has launched a “Pride Collection” initiative, which includes an LGBTQ pride-themed line of plush toys marketed to young children.

Among the plush toys from Disney, which were made in conjunction with the squish mallow company, are various Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Stitch, all of which feature a rainbow design.

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Exclusive: European Union Used Taxpayer Money for Drag Queens in Youth Education Programme

The European Union has spent hundreds of thousands of euros on Drag Queen Story Hour-esque performances for young people in Germany, Spain, and Slovenia, Breitbart London can reveal.

A report examining publicly available EU expenditures compiled by German MEP Nicolaus Fest, provided exclusively to Breitbart London, has found that at least €221,550 has been spent on Drag Queen projects and performances intended for young people through the bloc’s Erasmus+ programme.

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FairEmail App Shuts Down After Google Ban

Google’s app store policies and actions have “killed” a free and open source (FOSS), privacy-oriented app — this time, it’s FairEmail.

Marcel Bokhorst, the developer behind FairEmail, announced his project has been terminated because Google falsely flagged the email client as spyware.

In a note posted on FairEmail’s site, and previously announced on XDA Developers, Bokhorst said that Play Store gave him no reasonable opportunity to appeal the ban, and this was clearly the last straw — the project will no longer be developed or supported.

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Maine School Superintendent Accused of Religious Discrimination After Delaying Parent’s Complaint About Gender Theory Materials

A father at Gorham Middle School in Maine has filed a formal complaint calling for the firing of the school district’s superintendent over religious discrimination.

Superintendent Heather Perry allegedly discriminated against the parent’s religious beliefs by telling school staff to take their time in answering requests after Eric Lane called for posters to be taken down.

In October 2021, Lane requested the removal of posters in his sixth-grade daughter’s classroom because the “gender theory” material made him uncomfortable as a Christian parent, The Daily Wire reported.

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Woke Church in Florida Hosts Drag Show for Kids as Young as 12

The Naples United Church of Christ in Naples, Florida is hosting a LGBTQ+ conference for youth aged 12 to 18. The proceedings will include a drag show.

“GLSEN Collier is hosting the inaugural Youth Pride Conference in Naples, FL for all local LGBTQ youth ages 12-18,” reads the advertisement for the event, which is sold out.

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10 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/21/2022

  1. BRAVE NEW FUTURE
    IT IS GREAT TO BE HUMAN

    How AI is driving a future of autonomous warfare

    https://youtu.be/NpwHszy7bMk

    DW News
    The artificial intelligence revolution is just getting started. But it is already transforming conflict. Militaries all the way from the superpowers to tiny states are seizing on autonomous weapons as essential to surviving the wars of the future. But this mounting

    • thanks for the link. I got a couple of FPV drones, not a swarm just yet but it’s a costly hobby. But to be honest, the technology to fly things remotely is here, and I find it amusing how some of the DW interviewees think that they can regulate it. It’s like regulating single wing airplanes in 1935, because the biplanes just couldn’t keep up.

      I believe that we will end up fighting with remotely controlled drones. And I am certain that China believes that too, they really push the drone development in universities and in business.

    • I’m surprised that they still hold inaugurations outside on the mall considering the effectiveness of these weapons. Scheduled public appearances by politicians and political rallies may become things of the past.

  2. According to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Norway should share the increased oil and gas revenues resulting from the war in Ukraine.

    – Dear Norwegian friends. It’s not normal, it’s not fair. You indirectly benefit from the war unleashed by Putin. Coincidence, of course, because the war in Ukraine is not Norway’s fault, but you indirectly benefit from the war, Morawiecki said.

    https://www.document.no/2022/05/22/polen-ber-norge-dele-olje-og-gassinntekter-som-folge-av-krigen/

    • This seems to be the new normal: The Czech Republic just managed to get some billions of Euro from Poland, because Poland mines coal right on the border between Czech Republic and Poland, so now Poland wants some billions from Norway, because they drill for oil…

      Seems like whole countries will own nothing and be happy.

    • Dear Poland:

      No.
      That ain’t the way it works.
      We built it. We get the revenue.

      Sincerely,
      Norway.

    • smallpox monkeypox cowpox – these diseases have a great advantage, they look so bad and infectious when you see someone sick, much better for the “pandemic narrative” then requiring wearing boring facemasks.

  3. Islamization of (post-)Christian countries is, of course, an important tool to advance globalizers’ agenda. But it is merely one weapon in the panoply of deChristianization army. Globalizers are struggling hard to destroy whatever remains of Christianity – morals, traditional family, cultural phenomena, you name it.

    In their struggle, they will use any religion other than Christianity. It is interesting to watch how Oriental religions, first of all Buddhism and Hinduism, which are a conservative force in their own countries, become allies of the woke crowd when replanted in the West. In the US, Hindus, Buddhists and even turban-(0r hijab)-sporting Muslims vote for Democrats. In France, all “pilgrims to the East” and immigrants from the East voted for Macron. The same happens all over the Western world. And the woke condemn “Islamophobia” and “homophobia” in the same breath, without noticing any contradiction!

    It seems that all the arms of Hell – materialism, atheism, agnosticism, non-Christian religions and philosophies, occultism, etc. – are used to the full in the war against Christian faith and civilization.

    Of course, when I use the word “Christianity” I do not mean the gross travesty of Christianity which have become the established Lutheran Churches of Germana, Sweden, Finland or the Church of England or all the other “progressive” denominations which are spiritually dead and rotting. I mean the genuine faith in Jesus Christ bequeathed by the Apostles.

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