Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/25/2022

Czechia has reported its first case of infection with the monkeypox virus. Meanwhile, health authorities are not certain whether smallpox vaccination protects against monkeypox.

In other news, Finnish and Swedish delegations travelled to Turkey to negotiate terms for their entry into NATO.

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Thanks to Dean, Fjordman, JAS, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» CBO: National Debt Will Reach 185% of GDP by 2052
» Half of Canadians Struggling to Feed Their Families: Survey
 
USA
» “Sick Son of a Bitch”: Beto O’Rourke Crashes School Shooting Press Conference
» All 16 Runners Who Collapsed and Runner Who Died at Brooklyn Half Marathon Were Fully Jabbed
» Bio-Terrorist Bill Gates Wants ‘New World Order’ To Institute International Lockdowns
» Bush Dynasty Ends With Whimper as Jeb’s Son Squashed by Trump-Backed Ken Paxton
» Democratic Senators Call on Messaging Apps WhatsApp, Telegram, And Signal to Address “Misinformation”
» Duke Professor Under Fire for Refusing to Attend Diversity Training
» Firearm Stocks Soar Over Fears of New Gun-Control Laws
» Florida Officials Push Back Against Biden Plan to Relinquish U.S. Health Sovereignty to Who
» Fox’s John Roberts Asks if Anyone Else Has Chest Pain After Booster, Gets Swamped With Responses
» Google Lite: DuckDuckGo Signs Secret Deal With Microsoft to Track Users Online
» Illinois Governor Criticizes Texas’ Greg Abbott for Citing Chicago Crime Stats as Evidence ‘Real Gun Laws’ Don’t Work
» Leaked Email Shows Washington Examiner Article Caused California School District to Cancel Meeting About CRT
» NYPD Seeks Suspects in Brutal Attack That Broke Woman’s Jaw
» Senators Demand All Internal Records on Biden ‘Ministry of Truth’
» Southern Baptist Leaders Covered Up Sexual Abuse Claims and Kept a Secret Database of Offenders in Its Clergy — But Rarely Punished Them, Bombshell Church Report Claims
» St. Tammany Deputy Shot on Burglary Call, 13-Year-Old Suspect in Custody, Sheriff Says
» Trump-Endorsed Candidates Win Primary Races Nationwide
» Video: Michael Moore Calls for Scrapping Second Amendment
» Video: Carlson Slams “Unfit” Biden for “Bitterly Partisan” Call for Gun Control After Shooting
» YouTube Censors Tape of Obama Officials From 2014 Planning Ukraine Coup After 8 Years
 
Canada
» Breaking: Jessica (Yaniv) Simpson Found Guilty of Assaulting Conservative Journalist
» Health Canada Tries to Sway 24 Hour Poll, Fails
» International Air Transport Group Tells Trudeau to Drop Travel Mandates
» Judge Rules Tamara Lich Will Not Return to Prison
» Live Updates: Judge Decides the Fate of Church in the Vine
» New Screening Added in Calgary for ‘Trucker Rebellion: The Story of the Coutts Blockade’
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘After 30 Years, Polish Gas Relations With Russia Will Cease to Exist, ‘ Says Polish Minister
» Alibaba President Boasts About Tech to Monitor People’s Travel, Consumption, And More to Create a “Climate” Credit Score
» Amazon to Bring AI Driver Monitoring to the UK
» Bill Gates Features on WEF Panel Titled ‘Preparing for the Next Pandemic’
» Bit Badly by Their Own Incompetence, German Government Blames Russia
» CreditSuisse Chairman Heads to World Economic Forum to Push Idea of Central Bank Digital Currencies
» ‘Dialogue of the Deaf’ — Hungary’s Justice Minister Slams EU’s Attempt to Punish Her Country With Article 7 Mechanism
» Europeans Warned of ‘Permanently’ High Energy Costs
» Finnish and Swedish Delegations Begin NATO Negotiations in Turkey
» First Case of Monkeypox Hits Czechia, And Health Authorities Say it’s Unclear if Smallpox Vaccination is Effective
» France: Climate Protesters Block TotalEnergies Meeting
» French Conservative Candidate for Parliament Assaulted by Antifa
» German Man Shot and Killed by Group of Six Foreigners During Fairground Chaos
» Hungary Crowned the Marriage Capital of Europe
» Ireland: Eurosceptic Leader Slams ‘Hit Piece’ Article Linking Populist Figures Like Tucker Carlson to Terrorists
» Klaus Schwab Tells Davos: my ‘Powerful Community’ is Setting ‘Global Agenda’
» Macron’s New Education Minister Promoted Woke Social Science, Said France is ‘Structurally Racist’
» Minister Duclos Gives Remarks at World Health Assembly
» Moderna CEO on Jabs: ‘Nobody Wants Them’
» PM Orban Urges EU to Postpone Decision on Energy Sanctions Against Russia
» Poland Seeks to Sign New Treaty With Ukraine to Cement Alliance
» Revealed: In the 1990s, Germany Worked to Fragment Poland’s Political Scene for Economic Benefit
» Rights Groups Denounces Spate of Church Vandalism in Austria
» ‘Ruler of the Capitalists’: Indian Oil Minister Describes WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab
» Six Convicted for Harassing French Teenager Over Anti-Islam Rant
» UK Government Wants to Limit Online Protest Organization, Introduce Ankle Monitors for Disruptive Protesters
» UK: ‘Woke’ Police Reforms to Make All Cops Sit Through ‘Black History’ Lessons
» UK: BoJo’s Govt Pilloried for Failing to Follow Its Own Convoluted COVID Rules in Official Report
» UK: Eight Men Appear in Court to Deny 84 Child Sex Offences Allegedly Committed in Rochdale
» UK: Rapist, 37, Who Forced Girl, 17, Into His Car While She Waited for Her Parents After a Night Out, Drove 10 Miles Then Attacked Her is Jailed for 15 Years
» Watch: Massive Brawl Among ‘Youths’ Outside French Cathedral
» WEF Reports: Tour of the Davos Strip
» WEF Reports: Avi Yemini Confronts Influencer Nas Daily in Davos
» WEF Reports: Attendee Praises ‘Climate Lockdowns’
» WHO Links Monkeypox Outbreak to Gay Events in Belgium and Spain
» WHO’s Activity Must Not be ‘Politicized’ As Monkeypox Threat Grows, Hungary Warns
» World Economic Forum Outlines Plan to ‘Abolish’ Free Speech (Video)
» YouTube CEO at World Economic Forum: “There’ll Always be Work That We Have to Do” to Censor “Misinformation”
» YouTube CEO Assures World Economic Forum She’ll Continue to Boost “Trusted” Sources
» YouTube Executive Says it’s an “Open Platform” Where Anyone Can Share Ideas “Without Gatekeepers”
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
 
Latin America
» Brazil: MasterCard Rolls Out Biometric ID System Used to Validate Food Purchases
 
Immigration
» Migrant Barrier on Polish-Belarusian Border Will be Completed in June
» Roma People Are Warned Against Going to Czechia
» Schools to Swell Up in September as Ukrainian Refugees Saturate Czech School Places
» UK: Father-of-Two, 29, Dumps His Partner After Falling for 22-Year-Old Ukrainian Refugee Who Came to Live With Couple to Escape the War
 
Culture Wars
» Arizona Education Dept. Promotes Sex and Gender Chat Rooms for Kids
» Disturbing Video: ‘Drag Queen’ Shakes His A** for High School Students
» Et Tu? Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Adds Trigger Warning to Julius Caesar
» ‘It Has Been an Honor to Defend Freedom of Speech’ — Charged With a Hate Crime Over Quoting the Bible, Finnish MP Paivi Rasanen Says Her Battle is Just Beginning
» Polish Education Minister Slams Transgender Toilets Located in Warsaw School
» Trans Pressure Groups Push Cancel Campaign Against Netflix and Ricky Gervais Over Jokes
 
General
» Protonmail Rebrands to Proton, Includes Calendar, Drive, VPN and Improves Storage and Pricing
 

CBO: National Debt Will Reach 185% of GDP by 2052

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated on Wednesday that the national debt will reach 185% of GDP in 2052.

According to the CBO’s latest Budget and Economic Outlook, the national debt will drop to 96% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2023 but it will rise to a record 110% of GDP by 2032.

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

Half of Canadians Struggling to Feed Their Families: Survey

Nearly 50% of Canadians are finding it difficult to feed their families amid record-high inflation rates which have impacted the cost of groceries, according to a new survey.

Recent Angus Reid Institute research revealed that 49% of respondents are finding it difficult or very difficult to feed their families amid rising food prices. That number is up 13% from the last time Angus Reid conducted a similar survey in 2019.

In March, Canada’s food inflation rate rose 8.7% year over year, according to Statistics Canada. Meat and dairy products appear to be the hardest hit.

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

“Sick Son of a Bitch”: Beto O’Rourke Crashes School Shooting Press Conference

Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke crashed a press conference by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday, interrupting the event to push for gun control following the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

“This was totally predictable” O’Rourke can be heard shouting, adding “The time to stop the next shooting is now, and you are doing nothing.”

“This is on you,” he exclaimed.

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

All 16 Runners Who Collapsed and Runner Who Died at Brooklyn Half Marathon Were Fully Jabbed

The New York Post reported that Reichman, a fully vaccinated 32 year-old man, suddenly collapsed “after suffering from possible cardiac arrest, according to event organization New York Road Runners club and the NYPD.” …

The Brooklyn Half Marathon requires that participants are in peak physical condition and must conform to a rigorous pacing schedule… All Brooklyn Half participants must declare that they have been vaccinated for Covid-19, the official websites makes clear.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Bio-Terrorist Bill Gates Wants ‘New World Order’ To Institute International Lockdowns

Bill Gates wants the ‘New World Order’ to have the power to compel sovereign governments worldwide to lockdown their countries.

Jeffrey Tucker of the Brownstone Institute talked … about Bill Gates’ chilling presentation at the World Economic Forum.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Bush Dynasty Ends With Whimper as Jeb’s Son Squashed by Trump-Backed Ken Paxton

The Bush family dynasty that’s reigned supreme in American politics for over 40 years was brought to an abrupt end as Trump-backed Attorney General Ken Paxton beat the son of Jeb, George P. Bush, Tuesday night.

Paxton, who’s served as the Lone Star State’s attorney general since 2015, clobbered Bush handily during the Republican primary runoff election beating him by a 2-to-1 margin, leaving the former two-term Texas land commissioner out of a job.

[Comment: Good. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.]

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

Democratic Senators Call on Messaging Apps WhatsApp, Telegram, And Signal to Address “Misinformation”

Over 20 members of Congress, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), sent letters to Signal, Telegram, and WhatsApp asking the messaging platforms to address “misinformation” targeted at Latinos.

“The spread of content that promotes mis/disinformation undermines public health efforts, and instills distrust in our democratic institutions must become a top priority,” the lawmakers wrote in the letters.

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

Duke Professor Under Fire for Refusing to Attend Diversity Training

A professor at the Duke University School of Medicine is under fire after he blasted a mandatory equity training as “Maoist political propaganda” and refused to attend.

Bryan Cullen, a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, drew the ire of several doctoral students after he announced to his department that he would not take part in the medical school’s mandatory training put on by the Office of Institutional Equity, according to a report by the Duke Chronicle.

“My initial reaction is I refuse to engage in left-wing Maoist political propaganda workshops and, as a tenured faculty, that is my choice,” Cullen reportedly said in an email reply to the announcement of the training.

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

Firearm Stocks Soar Over Fears of New Gun-Control Laws

Shares of gun and ammunition companies jumped Wednesday over speculation of new gun control laws in the wake of Tuesday’s horrific mass shooting that killed at least 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school. Investors anticipate increased sales ahead of calls for stricter gun laws by Democrats.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Smith & Wesson Inc. and Vista Outdoors Inc. were both up around 10%, American Outdoor Brands Inc. +6.5%, Sturm Ruger & Co. +5.5%, and Ammo Inc. +5%.

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

Florida Officials Push Back Against Biden Plan to Relinquish U.S. Health Sovereignty to Who

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio are pushing back against a Biden administration plan to give the World Health Organization authority to dictate global lockdowns and mandates, superseding U.S. and state laws.

According to an amendment to a treaty likely to be approved this week by representatives of 194 countries, sovereign nations would be required to fund and participate in a global surveillance program, including implementing digital vaccine passports required for travel.

“We in Florida, there is no way we will ever support this W-H-O thing … that’s not going to happen,” DeSantis said “No way.”

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

Fox’s John Roberts Asks if Anyone Else Has Chest Pain After Booster, Gets Swamped With Responses

Nobody was prepared for the outpouring of heartbreaking stories he received in response…

Two months ago it was revealed that Fox News took money from the Biden regime to push COVID vaccine propaganda on their network relentlessly. Fox News (like all the other corporate media outlets) did not reveal this fact to their audience — an astonishing breach of journalistic ethics that should never be forgiven or forgotten…

Over 4,000 people who follow the ex-White House correspondent actually commented on his post — and that’s about 3,950 more than usual.

It’s hard to overstate the sheer scale of the tragedy contained in these comments.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Google Lite: DuckDuckGo Signs Secret Deal With Microsoft to Track Users Online

DuckDuckGo has been caught colluding with Bill Gates to tracks users online while misleadingly promoting itself as an advocate of privacy and free speech.

According to a security researcher, DuckDuckGo (DDG) secretly whitelists Microsoft’s trackers as part of a deal with the Big Tech giant…

Earlier this year its CEO Gabriel Weinberg announced that the search engine will begin purging all independent media outlets from the platform and will replace them with “trusted” mainstream media outlets instead…

Webpronews.com reports: Unlike Google, Bing, or Brave, DDG gets its search results from other engines, with the bulk of them coming from Bing.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Illinois Governor Criticizes Texas’ Greg Abbott for Citing Chicago Crime Stats as Evidence ‘Real Gun Laws’ Don’t Work

Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois on Wednesday criticized Greg Abbott for bringing up Chicago’s gun laws and crime rates as a counter to calls for tougher gun laws in the state of Texas.

In response to Abbott’s statements made during a Wednesday press conference, Pritzker said the Texas Governor was spreading a “false narrative” on the issue of gun violence.

He cited an October 2017 report from NBC that said nearly 60 percent of Chicago’s guns came from out-of-state, with “more than 20 percent” of those coming from Indiana.

“You are lying about Chicago and what actually perpetuates gun violence. The majority of guns used in Chicago shootings come from states with lax gun laws,” Pritzker added in a follow-up.

Notably, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot previously pleaded for federal government help in stopping the city’s crime.

When asked about the topic of gun control during a press conference on Wednesday, Abbott said the laws passed in 2019’s Texas legislative sessions were already some of the most “profound” seen “in any state and addressing school shootings.”

“I know that people like to try to oversimplify this. Let’s talk about some real facts. And that is: there are ‘real gun laws’ in Chicago. There are ‘real gun laws’ in New York. There are ‘real gun laws’ in California. I hate to say this, but there are more people who were shot every weekend in Chicago than there are in schools in Texas. And we need to realize that maybe if we just implement tougher gun laws, it’s gonna solve it: Chicago and LA and New York disprove that thesis.”

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

Leaked Email Shows Washington Examiner Article Caused California School District to Cancel Meeting About CRT

The Poway Unified School District in California canceled a meeting about critical race theory after an article I wrote last month exposed the school’s faculty was using the theory. In a leaked email shared with the Washington Examiner, Carol Osborne, the Poway Unified School District’s associate superintendent, confirmed that the meeting was being scrapped. She highlighted my article as a reason why.

“The continued discussion has been misconstrued by many including the Washington Examiner article, we are canceling the meeting,” Osborne wrote. “What started out as a simple question to understand terms used in the media has now been taken out of context.”

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

NYPD Seeks Suspects in Brutal Attack That Broke Woman’s Jaw

The New York City Police Department is searching for suspects wanted in connection to a woman who was brutally assaulted in the Bronx.

On May 18, a 37-year-old woman was assaulted by three men in the Bronx.

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

Senators Demand All Internal Records on Biden ‘Ministry of Truth’

Five Senators have demanded that the Biden administration turn over all internal records relating to the now mothballed Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Governance Board, dubbed the ‘Ministry of Truth’ by critics.

The Senators sent a joint letter Monday to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas noting “We write to request immediate access to all records and communications related to the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board.”

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

Southern Baptist Leaders Covered Up Sexual Abuse Claims and Kept a Secret Database of Offenders in Its Clergy — But Rarely Punished Them, Bombshell Church Report Claims

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations, according to a third-party investigation sought by the church’s leaders.

These survivors, and other concerned Southern Baptists, repeatedly shared allegations with the SBC’s Executive Committee, ‘only to be met, time and time again, with resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility from some within the EC,’ said a 288-page investigative report revealed on Sunday.

The seven-month investigation was conducted by Guidepost Solutions, an independent firm contracted by the Executive Committee after delegates to last year’s national meeting pressed for a probe by outsiders.

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

St. Tammany Deputy Shot on Burglary Call, 13-Year-Old Suspect in Custody, Sheriff Says

WALDHEIM, La. (WVUE) — A St. Tammany Parish deputy was shot and wounded by an armed 13-year-old burglary suspect, Sheriff Randy Smith said early Wednesday (May 25). The agency said the young suspect is in custody.

In connection with the shooting of a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy and the burglary of a local area business, a 13-year-old Waldheim area male has been arrested and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on the following charges:

L.R.S. 14:27/30 Attempted First Degree Murder

L.R.S. 14:108.2 Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence

L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting an Officer

L.R.S. 14:34.2 B(3) Battery of a Police Officer, Injury Medical Attention

L.R.S. 14:62/I Simple Burglary

L.R.S. 14:95.8 Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile

L.R.S. 14:69 Illegal Possession of Stolen Goods

Smith told Fox 8 that Deputy Kenneth Doby was shot as he and another deputy wrestled the suspect to the ground on the side of a road, after spotting him walking away from Backroads Mercantile, a grocery store near the intersection of state highways 21 and 1083 in Waldheim that had been burglarized around 3 a.m.

While effecting the arrest, Doby was shot once, “beneath the back of his bullet-proof vest,” Smith said. The four-year veteran of the St. Tammany agency continued assisting his partner with handcuffing the teen even after being shot, then was taken to Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington for emergency treatment.

“Right now, it looks like he’s going to have a full recovery,” Smith said. “We’re very lucky. … We’re just thankful he’s going to be OK, because it could’ve been a lot worse.”…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Trump-Endorsed Candidates Win Primary Races Nationwide

Republican candidates that received endorsements from former President Donald Trump have dominated in their state’s primary elections as they vie for a coveted spot in Congress against their democratic opponents.

Since May 18, 96 percent of Trump-endorsed candidates won their primaries, Fox News reports.

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

Video: Michael Moore Calls for Scrapping Second Amendment

In the wake of a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school in Uvalde, MSNBC wheeled on anti-gun fanatic Michael Moore who called for repealing the Second Amendment.

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

Video: Carlson Slams “Unfit” Biden for “Bitterly Partisan” Call for Gun Control After Shooting

Conservative host Tucker Carlson tore into Joe Biden following a speech he made within hours of the shooting at Robbs Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, accusing the president of “desecrating the memory” of people who had only just been killed by using the incident to amplify “tired talking points of the Democratic Party.”

An angry Biden claimed that the shooting could have been prevented had he been listened to when he called for a ban on ‘assault weapons’.

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

YouTube Censors Tape of Obama Officials From 2014 Planning Ukraine Coup After 8 Years

A smoking-gun conversation between top Obama administration officials revealing the U.S. government’s key role in the 2014 Ukraine coup has been removed from YouTube after eight years.

A leaked discussion between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and former ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyat reveals their plan to install the new Ukraine government weeks before the democratically-elected President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a violent coup in early 2014.

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

Breaking: Jessica (Yaniv) Simpson Found Guilty of Assaulting Conservative Journalist

Notorious transgender sexual predator Jessica (Yaniv) Simpson has been found guilty in Surrey Provincial Court on Wednesday for assaulting former Rebel News journalist Keean Bexte.

Yaniv, a biological male who now goes by the name “Jessica Simpson,” was charged with assault after he repeatedly punched Bexte in the head with closed fists on January 14, 2020.

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

Health Canada Tries to Sway 24 Hour Poll, Fails

Yesterday, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada (“PHAC”) opened a survey on Twitter asking: “True or False: Vaccination reduces your risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19 and related #pregnancy complications.”

Five hours after opening their survey they added a comment to help users select the “correct” answer: “the answer is true.”

Despite this nudging from Health Canada, with four hours to go on the survey, 30,366 users had “voted” and 86.7% selected “false.”

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

International Air Transport Group Tells Trudeau to Drop Travel Mandates

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is demanding that the Trudeau government drop all COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions to reduce crippling delays at Canadian airports.

Among the restrictions the IATA wants to see gone include vaccine requirements, random testing, the ArriveCan app and mandatory submissions of health information.

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

Judge Rules Tamara Lich Will Not Return to Prison

Despite the Crown’s claim that Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich violated her bail conditions for accepting an award from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), a federal judge ruled today that Lich will not be sent back to prison.

Judge Kevin Phillips gave his decision on Wednesday, saying that Lich’s “release remains appropriate” and that Lich has already “had a taste of jail.”

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

Live Updates: Judge Decides the Fate of Church in the Vine

Pastors Rodney and Tracy Fortin of the Edmonton-area Church in the Vine are set to find out their fate today, as a judge determines the result of the case put forward against the Fortins after they barred Alberta Health Services inspectors from entering their church.

The pair also refused to enforce gathering limits and wrote religious exemptions for those who sought to continue education and employment in the face of indiscriminate vaccine mandates in workplaces and schools across Alberta.

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

New Screening Added in Calgary for ‘Trucker Rebellion: The Story of the Coutts Blockade’

Rebel News is thrilled to announce a second screening of our new documentary, just days after our SOLD OUT May 26 world premiere. So, if you didn’t get your tickets for the premiere, no worries!

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

‘After 30 Years, Polish Gas Relations With Russia Will Cease to Exist, ‘ Says Polish Minister

The Polish government has terminated an intergovernmental gas contract with Russia on the Yamal pipeline which has been in force since 1993, Poland’s Environment Minister Anna Moskwa revealed on Monday.

In a statement posted on the minister’s Twitter account, Moskwa explained that Russian aggression against Ukraine had shown that Polish efforts to gain energy independence from Russian gas were the right move to take. “We always knew that Gazprom is not a trustworthy partner,” she added.

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

Alibaba President Boasts About Tech to Monitor People’s Travel, Consumption, And More to Create a “Climate” Credit Score

Alibaba Group President J. Michael Evans has introduced a project designed to track people’s personal “carbon footprint,” that the Chinese giant is working on, to the World Economic Forum (WEF) audience.

The intent is to have people measure pretty much their every action for “carbon footprint” and then be awarded social credit-style “carbon credits” when they behave in a manner expected of them by the state.

That includes monitoring where and how people are traveling, eating, and shopping.

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

Amazon to Bring AI Driver Monitoring to the UK

Amazon is installing AI-powered cameras in delivery vans in the UK. The tech giant rolled out the cameras in the US last year, but errors that led to drivers being wrongly denied bonuses were reported.

The tech giant is installing several cameras under the front mirror. One of the cameras faces the road, another faces the driver, and the other two are on each side. While rolling out the technology in the US, Amazon said it was for monitoring drivers’ behaviors to promote safety.

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

Bill Gates Features on WEF Panel Titled ‘Preparing for the Next Pandemic’

Rebel News U.K. reporter Lewis Brackpool spoke some facts relating to Bill Gates, asking viewers if this is someone that people should trust to direct society’s future as global organizations plan for the next pandemic.

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

Bit Badly by Their Own Incompetence, German Government Blames Russia

The United States and the European Union (EU) have been ineffective in their trade war against Russia and are currently working on their sixth package of sanctions. These sanctions have caused price hikes and food shortages…

European gas importers have already surrendered to Russia. European gas importers have quietly violated the EU’s own sanctions and have begun buying gas in Rubles, capitulating to Russia’s new rules. As the West’s economic warfare scheme backfires, EU leaders are beginning to crack even further.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is now blaming Russia for causing “brutal hunger” even though her country was the one that blocked Russia from trading agricultural products in the first place. Baerbock made these absurd comments at a recent G7 meeting…

As part of their original sanctions, Germany voted to block Russia from exporting food and grain, but now Germans and other Europeans are seeing skyrocketing prices and food shortages as a result…

These sanctions sought to prevent Russia from selling grain exports in euros and dollars. Now Baerbock is blaming Russia for weaponizing the situation into a “grain war” — absurdly claiming that Russia is responsible for food shortages throughout Europe.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

CreditSuisse Chairman Heads to World Economic Forum to Push Idea of Central Bank Digital Currencies

CreditSuisse Chairman of the Board of Directors Axel P. Lehmann has told a World Economic Forum (WEF) panel organized in Davos, Switzerland, that up to 87 percent of central banks around the world are looking into introducing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and shared that he thinks this is an excellent development.

These so-called stable digital currencies are supposed to represent alternatives and ultimately replace cryptocurrencies, including the decentralized kind that has the potential to replace — central banks themselves, by virtue of not needing a centralized issuing or regulatory authority.

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

‘Dialogue of the Deaf’ — Hungary’s Justice Minister Slams EU’s Attempt to Punish Her Country With Article 7 Mechanism

The European Commission is targeting Hungary once again, holding a hearing on rule of law on Monday where it claimed the country violated European values over the last year, especially in regard to LGBT rights and alleged corruption.

Known as Article 7 of the founding EU treaty, Brussels launched proceedings against Viktor Orban’s government four years ago, but Budapest continues to fight back and hold its ground.

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

Europeans Warned of ‘Permanently’ High Energy Costs

EU commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, told Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper on Wednesday that European consumers will have to put up with permanent price increases for energy as the continent wants to become independent from Russian imports.

“A significant part of European industry relies on ultra-cheap energy from Russia, super-cheap Chinese labor and highly subsidized semiconductors from Taiwan. Europe knew about these risks, but showed greed,” Vestager said.

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

Finnish and Swedish Delegations Begin NATO Negotiations in Turkey

Delegations from both Finland and Sweden travelled to Ankara on Wednesday to begin negotiations on Turkey’s current refusal to accept the two countries’ applications to join NATO.

The delegations began negotiations at around 1 pm on Wednesday afternoon at the Turkish presidential palace and are reported to have ended the meeting by evening.

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

First Case of Monkeypox Hits Czechia, And Health Authorities Say it’s Unclear if Smallpox Vaccination is Effective

The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the Czech Republic, according to a press release releaed on Tuesday from the National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ). The infected man visited the Antwerp Music Festival in Belgium at the beginning of May.

The National Reference Laboratory for Influenza and Non-Influenza Viral Diseases under SZÚ states that this is a preliminary confirmation because the sample was examined by electron microscopy on Tuesday morning. According to the head of the laboratory Helena Jirincova, it is necessary to do a whole genome sequencing or PCR method for the final confirmation. The results will be known next week. The laboratory received three samples, which it is now processing.

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

France: Climate Protesters Block TotalEnergies Meeting

PARIS — Several hundred climate protesters disrupted a TotalEnergies shareholders meeting in Paris and blocked the venue entrance Wednesday to denounce the oil and gas giant’s stake in Russia despite Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

TotalEnergies, which was renamed last year from Total, tweeted that due to activists impeding access to the meeting, “it unfortunately won’t be possible for our shareholders to join us.” It said interested viewers could follow the meeting on the company website.

Protesters representing Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other environmental organizations denounced TotalEnergies for its huge presence in Russia as well as an oil pipeline project in Uganda and Tanzania that the protesters denounced as a “climate bomb.”

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French Conservative Candidate for Parliament Assaulted by Antifa

A candidate for Éric Zemmour’s Reconquête party in the first constituency of the Côte-d’Or, and her campaign manager claim to have been attacked by anti-fascist activists near the Étaules market on Saturday.

The campaign team of Ambrine Mohamed released a statement claiming that the assailants attacked, insulted, and sprayed the candidate and her manager with water and flour. The attackers allegedly waited for the pair to leave the market, followed them down a dead-end alley, and attacked them from behind.

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German Man Shot and Killed by Group of Six Foreigners During Fairground Chaos

At the opening day of a fair in the German city of Lüdenscheid, individuals from a group of six men who were described as “foreign-looking” opened fire, killing one man.

The man reportedly shot to death was a 40-year-old individual who was uninvolved in the initial dispute. The victim was transported to the hospital, but despite efforts to save his life, the man was declared dead.

The incident began as a dispute between a group of young men of “Southern appearance” and a 16-year-old at the traditional Steinert festival on Saturday evening. The attackers surround the youth, and a scuffle ensued. Although the situation calmed down, the group met the teenager again half an hour later, but this time the teenager’s father was present.

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Hungary Crowned the Marriage Capital of Europe

Hungary has the largest proportion of married couples per capita in the European Union, according to a Eurostat report from May, a major milestone that coincides with a dramatic increase in births over the last decade.

Marriage rates are generally declining in the EU since the 1960s, falling from eight per 1,000 people 60 years ago to only 3.2 today. The year 2020 was a particularly devastating one for marriages, with only 1.4 million taking place across the entire EU, compared with 1.9 million only a year before. Eurostat explains the dramatic decline with measures introduced to combat the spread of Covid-19, but this alone cannot explain the unprecedented fall.

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Ireland: Eurosceptic Leader Slams ‘Hit Piece’ Article Linking Populist Figures Like Tucker Carlson to Terrorists

An article which tied together the views of populist pundits and mass-murdering terrorists has been denounced as a “hit piece” by one Eurosceptic leader in Ireland.

Hermann Kelly, who serves as President of the Eurosceptic Irish Freedom Party, has expressed outrage over an article published by the Irish Independent linking the ideas of populist figureheads to mass-murdering terrorists.

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Klaus Schwab Tells Davos: my ‘Powerful Community’ is Setting ‘Global Agenda’

“The future is not just happening, the future is being built by us,” said Schwab, who has not been elected to represent anyone, let alone the entire human race…

It all comes down to trusting in the WEF to find the correct outcomes and implement them as instructed, Schwab and his unelected workers submit…

Schwab warned anyone who sought to trivialise the event or hijack its key messages, including the often-mentioned Great Reset, will be treated with contempt.

“A 2,500-strong in-person gathering … More than 50 heads of state and government will attend the meeting next week, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission…

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF managing director, European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde and director general of the World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are also scheduled to be there.”

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Macron’s New Education Minister Promoted Woke Social Science, Said France is ‘Structurally Racist’

In a decision that has sent ripples through the French political system, French President Emmanuel Macron has chosen controversial historian Pap Ndiaye as the country’s new education minister despite his promotion of racist claims about Whites and a long career almost entirely devoted to racial grievance.

Ndiaye, the director of the Museum of the History of Immigration and a “specialist” in the “social history of the United States and minorities,” has made a wide range of statements that are raising concerns about how he might transform France’s education system.

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Minister Duclos Gives Remarks at World Health Assembly

“Peace is health, health is peace” is the overarching theme developed by General Director, Dr. Tedros, for the World Health Organization (WHO) at their annual World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Tedros is the first WHO Director General (DG) that is not a medical doctor. Despite this, and the questionable circumstances around his handling of the COVID pandemic, he has been re-appointed

for another four year term.

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Moderna CEO on Jabs: ‘Nobody Wants Them’

“It’s sad to say, I’m in the process of throwing 30 million doses in the garbage because nobody wants them. We have a big demand problem,” Bancel said at a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Attempts to pressure governments have apparently failed.

“We right now have governments — we tried to contact … through the embassies in Washington. Every country, and nobody wants to take them. The issue in many countries is that people don’t want vaccines.”

Researcher Steve Quayle had earlier pointed out that the very specific MSH3 gene sequence in the Moderna shot had been patented on February 4, 2016 and approved on March 7, 2017. Frontiers in Virology published confirmation of the presence of the MSH3 gene sequence in the SARS-CoV-2 furin cleavage site. The MSH3 gene’s presence — which has a one in three trillion chance of occurring in nature — is “highly unusual and requires further investigations”.

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PM Orban Urges EU to Postpone Decision on Energy Sanctions Against Russia

The European Council should remove the topic of energy sanctions on Russia from the agenda of its next meeting, urged Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a letter to the council president, Charles Michel.

In the letter, Orban said any discussion around enacting sanctions would be “counter-productive.”

“I am convinced that in the absence of a consensus, a leader-level discussion of the sanctions package would be countre-productive,” Orban wrote in the letter. “It would only highlight our internal divisions without offering a real chance to solve the differences.”

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Poland Seeks to Sign New Treaty With Ukraine to Cement Alliance

Poland is pushing for a new era of relations with Ukraine through the signing of a new treaty, in a move that is designed to cement the warm relations the two countries currently demonstrate in the face of war with Russia, according to Jakub Kumoch, who serves as an advisor to Polish President Andrzej Duda.

On Sunday, Duda gave a speech to Ukrainian parliament, and was the first foreign leader to do so since the beginning of the war on Feb. 24.

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Revealed: In the 1990s, Germany Worked to Fragment Poland’s Political Scene for Economic Benefit

Polish intelligence services had information that Germany was actively working to split the Solidarity political movement in the 1990s to keep a dominant political party from forming, all in order to make it easier for Germany to expand its economic interests in Poland, according to Polish professor Bogdan Musial, who made the intelligence report public.

In 1989, Solidarity won the first partially free election in Poland after World War II and formed the first non-communist government, but from early on, Germany was working to blunt the growth of the party.

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Rights Groups Denounces Spate of Church Vandalism in Austria

ROME — The Observatory on Discrimination and Intolerance Against Christians in Europe (OIDACE) denounced Wednesday a recent spate of anti-Christian vandalism in Austria and mainstream media’s failure to report on it.

“Acts of vandalism against Churches are currently very high in countries like Germany, France, and Italy,” OIDACE executive director Madeleine Enzlberger said in an email, with many of the cases showing “a clear anti-Christian bias.”

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‘Ruler of the Capitalists’: Indian Oil Minister Describes WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab

Rebel News reporter Avi Yemini bumped into the Indian oil minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, on the streets of Davos, Switzerland, questioning why the high-ranking politician was at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

Puri told Yemini that he was a long-time associate of WEF chairman Klaus Schwab, and that he came to Davos because “it’s a great place to meet people, to tell them about what’s happening in India, to transact business and do a host of other things.”

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Six Convicted for Harassing French Teenager Over Anti-Islam Rant

A French court convicted six people on Tuesday for harassing a teenager online over her anti-Islam videos in a case that sparked debate about freedom of expression, blasphemy, religion and hate speech in France.

The girl, known as Mila, was forced to change schools and accept police protection due to threats to her life after videos in which she insulted Islam went viral in January and November 2020.

The court handed sentences ranging from a three-month suspended prison term to four months with an electronic bracelet to the two men and four women, aged 19 to 39.

The six were ordered to pay damages of 3,000 euros each to Mila.

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UK Government Wants to Limit Online Protest Organization, Introduce Ankle Monitors for Disruptive Protesters

The Home Office has proposed a new Public Order Bill that includes “serious disruption prevention orders.” The bill would give the police the ability to electronically tag disruptive protesters and limit where they can go, who they can meet, and what they can do online and in real life, regardless of whether they have committed a crime.

The bill would also make locking-on (where protesters lock themselves onto parts of buildings) a criminal offense. Also, disrupting transport works and national infrastructure would be a criminal offense.

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UK: ‘Woke’ Police Reforms to Make All Cops Sit Through ‘Black History’ Lessons

UK police reforms are to force cops to sit through lessons on “Black history” and “anti-racism” as officials push to get more officers to identify as “woke”.

Policing in the UK is apparently not already progressive enough, with British officials publishing an action plan on Tuesday which will see officers across England and Wales face mandatory lectures on the likes of “Black history” and “anti-racism” in the hopes it will lower racial disparities affecting those of African descent.

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UK: BoJo’s Govt Pilloried for Failing to Follow Its Own Convoluted COVID Rules in Official Report

A report on the series of “partygate” gatherings in Downing Street has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to take “responsibility” for failing to abide by the draconian lockdown measures that were inflicted on the general public.

The long-awaited report from civil servant Sue Gray was initially released in January, albeit heavily redacted due to an ongoing police investigation into the matter at the time. In her January briefing, Gray accused the government of having demonstrated “serious failures” of judgment and leadership.

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UK: Eight Men Appear in Court to Deny 84 Child Sex Offences Allegedly Committed in Rochdale

Eight men have appeared in court to deny 84 child sex offences allegedly committed in Rochdale. All eight defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges they have been accused of during a crown court hearing.

Prosecutors previously said the case involves alleged ‘widespread sexual exploitation and abuse’ of two girls aged between 12 and 16 between 2002 and 2006. The men are due to stand trial in May next year.

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UK: Rapist, 37, Who Forced Girl, 17, Into His Car While She Waited for Her Parents After a Night Out, Drove 10 Miles Then Attacked Her is Jailed for 15 Years

A ‘despicable man’ who kidnapped, sexually assaulted and raped a 17-year-old girl reversed his car after spotting his intended victim before forcing her into his VW Polo and driving her ten miles before attacking her.

Mohammed Atif Khan, 37, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire picked up the girl who had been socialising with friends in Hemel Hempstead.

Khan spotted the girl on Sunday, August 28, 2021 behind the town’s Primark store and reversed his VW Polo and urged her to get into his car.

[Comment: Hat tip to Tommy Robinson, via GETTR.]

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Watch: Massive Brawl Among ‘Youths’ Outside French Cathedral

A huge fight involving dozens of ‘teens’ broke out in front of a cathedral in France last week, according to reports.

The disturbing incident unfolded at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening in Perpignan, a city in the department of Pyrénées-Orientales.

Groups of ‘young people’ reportedly became aggressive while returning by bus from the nearby seaside resort of Canet-en-Roussillon.

Tensions exploded when they reached the city and an ensuing brawl involving around 40 youths near Cathedral Saint-Jean was captured on camera by a witness.

“Here is the famous ‘feeling of insecurity’ which plagues Perpignan. This evening, major fight with cries of ‘Allah Akbar.’ Forty teenagers,” wrote a user who shared the video on Twitter.

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WEF Reports: Tour of the Davos Strip

The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos is underway and Rebel News has been on the ground for the entire week exposing the elites and their plans for sustainable development and a digital future.

The Forum itself composes of the one per cent of society including billionaires, world leaders, technology giants and “iconic” entertainers. But not everyday, or in this case annually, do we hear much of Davos itself.

The entire town is reimagined the week before, with pop-up shops for vendors and companies setting up inside pre-existing structures. Rebel Reporter Avi Yemini showed us that earlier this week.

Join Lewis Brackpool on a walk through Davos mid-week to show you what it’s like — hypocrisy, virtue signalling and a whole lot of CO2 emissions.

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WEF Reports: Avi Yemini Confronts Influencer Nas Daily in Davos

Rebel News reporter Avi Yemini bumped into Israeli-Palestinian social media influencer, Nuseir Yassin. Doing so, Yemini curiously asked Yassin a question on why he chose to come to Davos and report on the World Economic Forum.

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WEF Reports: Attendee Praises ‘Climate Lockdowns’

Reporting for Rebel News in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum, Sophie Corcoran (@SophieLouiseCC) asked an attendee for his opinion on climate lockdowns.

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WHO Links Monkeypox Outbreak to Gay Events in Belgium and Spain

Monkeypox cases have been associated with a gay sex sauna in Madrid, while three cases detected in Belgium were linked to a gay fetish festival called Darklands in Belgium. But the outbreak may also be linked to VAIDS.

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WHO’s Activity Must Not be ‘Politicized’ As Monkeypox Threat Grows, Hungary Warns

At a time when the monkeypox virus is posing a serious risk to healthcare systems, the World Health Organization (WHO) must remain professional in its response, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó said after a meeting with WHO officials in Geneva on Monday.

“If we start politicizing in the WHO as well, we are taking on the blame of not being able to prepare for this new epidemic […] and so human lives could be in danger,” Szijjartó told reporters.

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World Economic Forum Outlines Plan to ‘Abolish’ Free Speech (Video)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has called for the complete abolishment of free speech across the globe as part of its agenda to usher in a ‘New World Order.’ …

Australia’s “eSafety Commissioner” Julie Inman Grant told attendees at Davos on Monday

“… I think we’re going to have to think about a recalibration of a whole range of human rights that are playing out online, from freedom of speech to … the right of data protection to the right to child dignity.” …

The establishment’s naked attempt to police free speech has become so laughably obvious that the Department of Homeland Security was forced to “pause” its newly-created “Disinformation Governance Board” in the face of widespread backlash.

Ironically, the board’s chair Nina Jankowicz blamed the Disinformation Board’s closure and her subsequent resignation on — you guessed it — “disinformation.”

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YouTube CEO at World Economic Forum: “There’ll Always be Work That We Have to Do” to Censor “Misinformation”

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for 2022, an event where powerful CEOs and world leaders meet to “find solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki committed to persistent censorship of “misinformation” and praised YouTube’s existing censorship efforts.

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YouTube CEO Assures World Economic Forum She’ll Continue to Boost “Trusted” Sources

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki reiterated her commitment to promoting mainstream media outlets that are deemed to be “authoritative,” “trusted,” and “well-known” during her appearance at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for 2022.

Wojcicki made the comments when discussing how YouTube censors and suppresses “misinformation” on the platform. She noted that one of YouTube’s tactics for preventing viewers from seeing content that it deems to be misinformation is to boost content from channels that have been designated as authoritative by YouTube.

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YouTube Executive Says it’s an “Open Platform” Where Anyone Can Share Ideas “Without Gatekeepers”

The huge number of YouTube users who have been finding themselves on the receiving end of YouTube’s relentless push over the past years to control and censor the platform will no doubt be surprised — perhaps shocked — to hear that Google’s video giant is “an open platform without gatekeepers.”

“Staggering hypocrisy” is what might also spring to mind while listening to YouTube’s Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan utter these words during the Zeitgeist 2022 event in London on May 20th.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Russian forces were pushing to encircle two cities in eastern Ukraine, part of an all-out Russian assault in an effort to take control of the Donbas region. The governor of Luhansk province said the situation for Ukrainian forces in one of the cities, Severodonetsk, was dire.

Four rockets struck the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhizhia, which has remained relatively safe since the start of the invasion.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said Moscow is willing to consider a prisoner exchange, but only after Ukrainian prisoners have been put on trial, convicted and sentenced.

A Russian official said Moscow is open to easing its blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports if sanctions on Moscow are lifted.

Russia: President Vladimir Putin visited war wounded and ordered higher payouts for those fighting in Ukraine and for the families of dead soldiers, while parliament adopted a bill lifting age limits for military enlistment, as Moscow seeks to boost morale and replenish its forces.

Europe: The prime ministers of Georgia and Moldova called for faster acceptance to the European Union, citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a threat to their stability and Europe’s security architecture. Turkish officials laid out objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO in discussions in Ankara.

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Brazil: MasterCard Rolls Out Biometric ID System Used to Validate Food Purchases

Mastercard recently launched a program for retailers to offer biometric payment methods, like facial recognition and fingerprint scanning… The program has already gone live in five St Marche grocery stores in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with more trials also planned for Asia and the Middle East. Mastercard says it plans to roll it out globally later this year…

The president of cyber and intelligence at Mastercard, said: “… All the research that we’ve done has told us that consumers love biometrics”.

Did Mastercard only conduct its market research in China? It certainly sounds like it.

The current spin being used to justify using the biometric payment system and forcing the public to live in a dystopian cashless society is that it will “lead to shorter queues, be more hygienic than tapping in a pin, and be less vulnerable to fraud”.

A spokesman for Mastercard said: “No more fumbling for your phone or hunting for your wallet…”

Mastercard cited a study that claims 74% of the global population has a “positive attitude” towards biometrics. That number is highly questionable, but are the 74% aware of the dangers of implementing this kind of technology? …

The only way to stop the implementation of this Draconian system is to always pay with cash whilst the use of this new technology remains optional.

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Migrant Barrier on Polish-Belarusian Border Will be Completed in June

The border wall on the Polish-Belarusian border will be completed by the end of June, stated.General Andrzej Jakubaszek, the commander of the Polish Border Guard unit in the Podlasie region in eastern Poland.

A service road running behind the wall will also be completed by the end of next month, and an additional electronic barrier will be fully operational by October at the latest.

The update on the border wall came as the Polish Border Guard informed of another attempt by 28 individuals to illegally enter Polish territory on Monday.

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Roma People Are Warned Against Going to Czechia

Half as many Roma people are flowing into the Czech Republic from Ukraine than a few weeks ago, and according to Mlada fronta DNES daily, the reason is that the Roma are being convinced not to enter the country.

Ukrainian customs officers have begun to advise the Roma population that if they expect a generous social system to take care of them in Czechia, they will be disappointed, with the officials reportedly telling them they will sleep at train stations or in refugee towns.

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Schools to Swell Up in September as Ukrainian Refugees Saturate Czech School Places

Three out of four Ukrainian children of the relevant age have not yet begun kindergarten in Czechia, while two-thirds of older children had not yet been registered for a place in primary school, the chief school inspector, Tomas Zatloukal, revealed following the conclusion of an inspection ordered by the education ministry.

“75 percent of Ukrainian children have not begun to visit kindergarten. Two-thirds of children did not enter primary schools,” Zatloukal told reporters alongside Education Minister Petr Gazdik following the publishing of the inspection results on Monday.

In mid-May, approximately 26,000 Ukrainian refugees attended primary schools in the Czech Republic — 3,800 of them attended kindergartens.

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UK: Father-of-Two, 29, Dumps His Partner After Falling for 22-Year-Old Ukrainian Refugee Who Came to Live With Couple to Escape the War

A British father-of-two has dumped his partner after falling for a 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee who came to live with them to escape the war.

Tony Garnett, 29, and his partner Lorna, 28, took in Sofiia Karkadym at the start of May, but just 10 days later their seemingly-happy marriage was torn apart when he ran away with the refugee.

The security guard, who lives in Bradford, West Yorkshire, says he has fallen in love with the 22-year-old and wants to spend the rest of his life with her.

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Arizona Education Dept. Promotes Sex and Gender Chat Rooms for Kids

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is directing students as young as 10 to online chat rooms to discuss sex and gender without parental consent.

The ADE website directs LGBT+ students to “resources” in the form of two online chat spaces with adult volunteer and staff moderators: Q Chat Space and Gender Spectrum.

Q Chat Space is sponsored by Planned Parenthood and LGBT+ organizations PFLAG and CenterLink. Discussions This chat room is open to teenagers aged 13 to 19. The website contains banner at the bottom with the words “Click/tap here for a quick escape.” which directs users to Google, allowing them to quickly change pages to keep the conversations private.

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Disturbing Video: ‘Drag Queen’ Shakes His A** for High School Students

An Iowa high school is facing criticism after footage was posted online showing grown men wearing thongs and performing sexual dance routines for the school’s teenagers.

The Gay-Straight Alliance group at Ankeny High School hosted the event, which was allegedly not approved by the school.

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Et Tu? Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Adds Trigger Warning to Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London has added a trigger warning before a production of the Bard’s famed tragedy of Julius Caesar to warn attendees of potentially offensive content within the 1599 play.

Despite depicting perhaps the most famous assassination in history, theatre bosses at the Globe theatre have sought fit to provide audiences with “content guidance” that their production of William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Julius Ceasar will include weapons and fake stage blood.

“Content guidance: Depictions of war, self-harm and suicide, stage blood and weapons including knives,” the trigger warning The Sun newspaper reported.

In addition to the trigger warning, the woke theatre company has also opted for a gender-bending diverse cast, with the role of Marcus Junius Brutus — the most famed assassin of Caesar — given to Anna Crichlow, a Black-British actress.

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‘It Has Been an Honor to Defend Freedom of Speech’ — Charged With a Hate Crime Over Quoting the Bible, Finnish MP Paivi Rasanen Says Her Battle is Just Beginning

Päivi Maria Räsänen, the former interior minister of Finland and current member of parliament, recently made headlines across the world when news broke that she won a landmark free speech court case in Finland. However, the reality is that her case is far from over. An aggressive prosecutor has appealed the case, and continues to contend that her use of Bible verses on the topic of LGBT people is a hate crime.

Räsänen, who is a devout Christian, told Remix News that she has a deep conviction that the trial is in God’s hands, and has served as a calling for her.

This interview had been edited for clarity.

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Polish Education Minister Slams Transgender Toilets Located in Warsaw School

The opening of a toilet for non-binary and transsexual pupils at a Warsaw high school sparked a heated debate on Polish social media on Monday with government officials also offering their opinion on the matter.

The headmaster of the school told Polish public television news channel TVP Info that the space was created on request of the school’s student council who had claimed that some pupils did not feel comfortable in traditional male and female toilets. The opening of the toilet was agreed following consultations with specialists.

Asked for his comments the education minister Przemyslaw Czarnek did not mince his words.

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Trans Pressure Groups Push Cancel Campaign Against Netflix and Ricky Gervais Over Jokes

GLAAD, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media watchdog has called for Netflix to cancel comedian Ricky Gervais’s latest comedy special “SuperNature.” Some Twitter users are also using the #cancelnetflix to encourage viewers to cancel their subscriptions.

The cancel campaign began on Tuesday after Gervais’s comedy special, SuperNature, started streaming on Netflix. Several clips from the special started to go viral on social media, including a clip of Gervais joking about “the new women…the ones with beards and cocks.”

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Protonmail Rebrands to Proton, Includes Calendar, Drive, VPN and Improves Storage and Pricing

ProtonMail has rebranded to simply Proton, and has updated all of its plans with expanded storage, encrypted calendar, and VPN.

After rebranding to Proton, ProtonMail users can now use @proton.me addresses instead of the @protonmail.com they are used to. Proton is now offering three plans; Free, Mail Plus and Unlimited that allow end-to-end encrypted email and storage.

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One thought on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/25/2022

  1. Father-of-two, 29, DUMPS his partner after falling for 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee who came to live with couple to escape the war

    Ukrainian women are known as mercantile women. In one LJ they discussed this article and Russian men were perplexed: how could a normal woman be exchanged for a “Turkish soldier in a white wig”?

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