Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/9/2022

Richard Rojas is going on trial in New York for running down pedestrians on the sidewalk back in 2017. Mr. Rojas is alleged to have gone on his killing rampage while under the influence of PCP and other dangerous drugs.

In other news, the European Parliament voted to extend vax passports until at least 2023

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

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Financial Crisis
» Germany’s Top Banking Chief Warns of Bankruptcy Tsunami Amid Stagflation Threats
» Most Americans Worried About Living Standards, Bills and Rent: Poll
» Poll: Majority of Poles Feel Decline in Standard of Living Due to Inflation
 
USA
» “2000 Mules” Documentary Grosses Over $1 Million in 12 Hours on Locals and Rumble, A Big Win for Alt-Tech
» Anti-CRT Candidates Win Dallas-Area School Elections, Say Former Teachers ‘In Disbelief’ Over Woke Curriculum
» Arizona’s Gosar, Biggs, Finchem Survive Disqualification Attempts
» Biden Says High-Speed Internet Access is ‘Not a Luxury’ But a ‘Necessity’ As Admin Rolls Out New Program
» Bill Gates Wastes Everyone’s Time With Excuses and Double Talk
» Bill Gates Wants to Create a 3,000 Person Social Media Unit to Quash “Vaccine Misinformation”
» BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Admits Using $6m Mansion for Parties
» Choice Quotes From Bill Gates’s New Book
» Cruz, Steel Lead Brief in Harvard Race Admissions Supreme Court Case: ‘Heavy Toll on Asian-American Students’
» Defiant GOP Mayor Whose Rally Was Attacked by Antifa Plans to Take Back Portland: ‘it’s Not Funny Anymore’
» DeSantis Requires Florida Students to Learn About ‘Victims of Communism’
» Dozens of Homeless People Seen Using Seattle Public Transportation as Homeless Shelter
» Elon Musk Says He May Die ‘Under Mysterious Circumstances’ In Cryptic Tweet
» FDA Chief Claims “Misinformation” Is Leading Cause of Death in the United States
» FDA Commissioner Says Online “Misinformation” is Killing People
» Gov. DeSantis Wants Joe Biden’s Ministry of Truth Killed Off Like the Buffalo
» ‘I Wanted to Kill Them All!’: Suspect in Times Square SUV Attack Faces Trial
» James Lindsay Locked Out of Twitter for Posting ‘Misleading Information’ About COVID, Vaccines
» Newsom Reconsiders Plans to Close California’s Last Nuclear Plant Amid Energy Shortages
» Pfizer COVID Vaccine Clinical Trial Gone Wrong: Maddie De Garay’s Story (Part 1)
» Prince William Praises Television Writers for Inserting Climate Change “Programming” Into Shows
» Revealed: Elon Musk Plans to Fire 1,000 Twitter Staff, Quintuple Revenue, Get 69 Million Users Paying $3 a Month and Cut Reliance on Advertising Income, Presentation to Investors Shows
» Senate Approves Bill to Boost SCOTUS Judge, Family Security
» ‘Steele Dossier’ Key Source on Trump Was Shocked at ‘Fake News’: Report
» The Five Worst Prosecutors in America
» Trial Starts in Times Square Pedestrians Struck
» Trial to Start for Driver Who Ran Down Times Square Tourists
» ‘Twitter Obv Has a Strong Left Wing Bias’: Elon Musk on the Necessity of Free Speech
» UNC Journalism School Downgraded to Provisional Accreditation in the Wake of DEI Concerns
» We’re No. 1! More People Move to Texas From California Than Any Other State. But… Why?
» Why the Debate Over Russian Uranium Worries U.S. Tribal Nations
 
Canada
» Calgary Freedom Rally: Travel Mandates, Antifa Doxing and Bionic Journalists
» Canadian Forces Veteran Makes it to Ontario, With Under 2000km Left to Go
» Convoy Protesters Say Seized Items Missing, Police Dispute Numbers
» Is the Unofficial Motto for the Ottawa Police Service: ‘To Serve and Pretend (That We Don’t Know Anything)’?
» Legal Victory! Calgary Protest Injunction Challenge Successful
» Ontario Liberals Pledge to Make COVID-19 Shots Mandatory for School Children
» U.S.-Style ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ Coming to Canada?
» Watch: Poilievre Says Trudeau Liberals to Blame for High Gas Prices
» What Happened During the Rolling Thunder Rally in Ottawa?
 
Europe and the EU
» Big Tech, The Top Lobbyists in the EU
» Czechia Will Push for Ukraine’s EU Membership, Says Foreign Minister
» EU Votes to Extend Vaccine Passes Until at Least Summer 2023
» Germany: Cologne’s ‘Green’ Bicycle Fleet Destroyed in TikTok Challenge
» Hungary Will Not Approve Sixth Sanctions Package Against Russia, Says FM Szijjarto
» Italy: Verdini Fraudulent Bankruptcy Conviction Upheld
» Italy: MPS Manager in Hot Water Over Allegedly Sexist Remarks
» Italy: Dominatrix Stands for Councillor in Como
» Italy: Hope Draghi’s US Visit Brings Peace Not Arms — Salvini
» Italy: Communist Hold-Outs Use Russia’s Z Symbol to Fete 1945 Victory
» Over 100 NYC Orthodox Jews Get Kicked Off German Flight Over Mask Dispute
» PM Orban Refuses to Approve Sanctions Against Church Leaders Following Orthodox Clerics’ Plea for Help
» Russian Ambassador Hit With Red Paint During WW2 Commemoration
» UK: Next ‘Doctor Who’ Star is Rwandan-Born Actor Ncuti Gatwa
» UK’s Online Censorship Bill Faces Conservative Backlash
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
 
Far East
» North Korea Bans Tight Jeans, Dyed Hair, Other Trends With ‘Capitalist Flair’: Report
» One Identical Twin Raised in South Korea, One in USA: Which One Turned Out 16 IQ Points Smarter?
 
Australia — Pacific
» Mentions of Website Blocking Are Found in the UK-Australia Trade Agreement
 
Immigration
» 43,000 Economic Migrants Are Taking the Spots of Ukrainian Refugees in Germany
» Afghan Migrant Jailed for Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old Boy in France, Already Deported From Sweden in the Past
» Finally! First One-Way Migrant Flights to Rwanda Could Happen by the End of May
» France: Pregnant Woman Pepper-Sprayed, Robbed by Migrant Known to Police
» ‘I Have Never Seen Such Violence’ — Beninese Migrant Convicted for Nearly Killing Swiss Woman With a Broken Bottle, Leaving Her With 200 Stitches and Deep Psychological Trauma
» Judge Shelley Joseph Takes on Trump, ICE as Rachael Rollins Recused From Case
» UK Police Admit Paedophile ‘Luton Man’ Was Migrant After Breitbart Report
» UK: At Least 40 Migrants Including a Small Child and a Man ‘In Handcuffs’ Arrive in Dover After Crossing the Channel — as Priti Patel’s Plan to Ship Migrants to Rwanda Gets Underway This Week
 
Culture Wars
» ‘A Woman is Someone With a Vagina’ Says Anne Robinson
» Lori Lightfoot Vows Chicago Will be an ‘Oasis’ For Abortions if Roe V. Wade is Overturned
» McConnell, Grassley Slam Protests Outside Justices’ Homes, Say Lawbreakers ‘Must be Held Accountable’
» Protests Erupt Outside Home of Justice Alito
» Reporter Calls for Violence Against Pro-Lifers, Says They Shouldn’t Have ‘Peace or Safety’ Until They’re Dead
» Satanic Temple to Argue Abortion is Ritual in Legal Challenges to States That Put Up Hurdles to Procedure
» School Reportedly Tries to Conceal Student’s Gender Preference From Parents
» Taxpayer Funding for Child Sex Changes Offered on Ontario NDP Platform
 

Germany’s Top Banking Chief Warns of Bankruptcy Tsunami Amid Stagflation Threats

A tsunami of bankruptcies could batter Europe’s largest manufacturing hub as stagflation risks mount due to the conflict in Ukraine and resulting Western sanctions on Russian fossil fuels.

“The energy supply in Germany is at risk, supply chains are breaking down, we have high inflation,” said Commerzbank Chief Executive Officer Manfred Knof, who German newspaper Handelsblatt recently quoted.

The threat of stagflation in Germany is elevated as soaring energy prices increase inflation and wreak havoc on businesses. Germany could experience a downturn if an embargo on Russian fossil fuels, such as natural gas, crude, and coal, is enforced.

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

Most Americans Worried About Living Standards, Bills and Rent: Poll

Most Americans fear for their current standard of living amid the highest rate of inflation in four decades — and those at the bottom rung of the income ladder say they are bearing the brunt of the disastrous economy, according to a poll released on Monday.

The Gallup survey found that more than half of Americans — 52% — say they are very or moderately worried abo

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

Poll: Majority of Poles Feel Decline in Standard of Living Due to Inflation

A new poll shows that 67.7 percent of respondents said they have felt a decline in their living standards due to inflation, according to data published in Polish media outlet Rzeczpospolita.

The polling, conducted by SW Research, asked respondents if they felt a decline in their living standards due to inflation. Only 20.4 percent said “no” while another 11.9 percent had no opinion on this matter.

The decline in living standards is more often noticed by women (71 percent) than men (64 percent). All age groups show similar perception of the decrease in the standard of living (ranging from 66 to 68 percent). In terms of income, almost all income groups point out to the worsening of their situation (66 to 71 percent).

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

“2000 Mules” Documentary Grosses Over $1 Million in 12 Hours on Locals and Rumble, A Big Win for Alt-Tech

“2000 Mules,” the first Dinesh D’Souza documentary to be launched on the free speech video sharing platform Rumble and its subscription platform Locals, grossed over $1 million in less than 12 hours.

Rumble, 2000 Mules’ gross sales, which began on Saturday, May 7 at noon, are good enough to put it in the estimated box office top ten for the weekend of May 6 to May 8.

Locals President Assaf Lev said: “Supporting creative independence is core to our values, and we are thrilled to offer crea

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

Anti-CRT Candidates Win Dallas-Area School Elections, Say Former Teachers ‘In Disbelief’ Over Woke Curriculum

Parents who ran campaigns against teaching critical race theory won Dallas-area school board elections, telling “Fox & Friends First” Monday that residents are rejecting politics in classrooms and “sexualization” of curriculum.

“We knocked on 9,000 doors. So you can imagine we had literally hundreds of conversation with parents, whether they just moved here or lived here for a long time were empty-nesters. My favorite were teachers who retired, they would look at us in disbelief,” Carroll ISD school board trustee Andrew Yeager told “Fox & Friends First.”

“And they would see what was happening in neighboring school districts. Please tell me, we don’t have our school here that we love with the tradition of excellence with or age-inappropriate material in our schools. It was the greatest con

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

Arizona’s Gosar, Biggs, Finchem Survive Disqualification Attempts

Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of Arizona, along with state Rep. Mark Finchem, won the right to run for re-election on Monday. An attempt was made to remove them from their respective ballots under the 14th Amendment, which states that no one who has participated in an “insurrection or rebellion” should be permitted to serve in elected office.

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

Biden Says High-Speed Internet Access is ‘Not a Luxury’ But a ‘Necessity’ As Admin Rolls Out New Program

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced a deal with more than a dozen U.S. internet service providers to give high-speed internet to Americans living in low-income areas, stressing that access is “not a luxury” but a “necessity.”

Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others agreed to provide “high-speed” internet access for $30 per month. The Biden administration also announced Monday a federal subsidy for low-income households that will pay up to $30 for internet access, effectively making the plan free for qualifying households.

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

Bill Gates Wastes Everyone’s Time With Excuses and Double Talk

After pushing lockdowns and experimental vaccines and helping destroy the world’s economies, Bill Gates walks back COVID.

During a recent interview to promote his new book, Gates admits that he and his foundation experts: “didn’t understand that it’s a fairly low fatality rate & that it’s a disease mainly in the elderly, kind of like flu is, although a bit different than that.”

[At the end of the video clip he then doubles down and says:

“The world didn’t go on alert, including the United States, nearly as fast as it needed to.”]

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Gates Wants to Create a 3,000 Person Social Media Unit to Quash “Vaccine Misinformation”

Billionaire Bill Gates has announced that he plans to create a new unit, hiring 3,000 people to take to social media, put out messaging, and “help propagate accurate vaccine information in the future,” CNBC reported.

Gates wants social media to be a place with “good messages” from “people of trust in the community, such as political and ethnic leaders.”

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

BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Admits Using $6m Mansion for Parties

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has admitted to throwing two parties at the organization’s swanky $6 million Los Angeles mansion — despite previously suggesting she’d never used the property for personal gain.

The 38-year-old told the Associated Press on Monday that she hosted her son’s birthday party and a gathering to celebrate President Biden’s inauguration at the six-bedroom property early last year.

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

Choice Quotes From Bill Gates’s New Book

Imagine … a talkative guy… You gradually come to realize that he is actually crazy. His main point is wrong and so his solutions are wrong too…

In a nutshell, that’s what it’s like to read Bill Gates’s new book How to Prevent the Next Pandemic…

To him, the single goal of all public health is to keep the population away from as many germs as possible.

So yes, I’m sorry to report that the entire book is a study in mysophobia [an abnormal fear of dirt or contamination], more worthy of study by a student of abnormal psychology than a public health official, much less a scientist…

To be at such a dinner party with a person like this, … means breathing a huge sigh of relief once you are in the car headed home.

In any case, we all know that Gates is a main promoter and funder of lockdown ideology…

Here is what the book says [a dozen and a half quotes on lockdowns such as]

“The human suffering caused by these separations is incalculable, literally—no one can put a number on the pain of not being able to say goodbye in person. But the policy saved so many lives that it will be worth adopting again” …

He seems to be saying that in an ideal world, we would live with rolling lockdowns forever, on the say-so of experts in his pay. Indeed, he proposes the creation of a new division of the World Health Organization, staffed with 3,000 employees…

Just in case you think this is about helping sick people to get well, Gates corrects you: “You might have noticed one obvious activity that’s missing… treating patients. That’s by design.”

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Cruz, Steel Lead Brief in Harvard Race Admissions Supreme Court Case: ‘Heavy Toll on Asian-American Students’

EXCLUSIVE: Senate and House Republicans joined together to file a brief in a closely watched case before the Supreme Court dealing with Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) use of race in admissions decisions, which they argue is illegal.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Calif., are leading a joint amicus brief signed by 82 Republican lawmakers in the case brought by Students for Fair Admissions. The Republicans write in the brief that Harvard and UNC’s admissions policies “intentionally divide applicants by race.”

“Race-conscious admissions decisions inflict a heavy toll on Asian-American students. Treating them differently because of their race is a stark departure from equal protection decisions issued early on by this Court, which guarded Chinese immigrants from racial prejudice. And the burdens imposed on petitioner illustrate a wider trend. Asian-Americans are increasingly victimized by discriminatory practices,” the lawmakers say in their brief.

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

Defiant GOP Mayor Whose Rally Was Attacked by Antifa Plans to Take Back Portland: ‘it’s Not Funny Anymore’

The Oregon gubernatorial candidate whose campaign event in Portland was disrupted last weekend by members of Antifa laid out to Fox News Digital his plan to help his state and restore order to its largest city, which has seen soaring rates of crime amid an exodus of police in recent years.

Stan Pulliam, 40, is serving his second term as mayor of Sandy, Oregon, his hometown of approximately 10,000 people about 27 miles east of Portland. In the crowded field of 19 people vying to become Oregon’s first Republican governor in 35 years, he remains one of the leading candidates ahead of the May 17 primary.

On April 30, the resource-strapped Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reportedly took more than 20 minutes to respond to an emergency call after masked, black-clad members of Antifa allegedly assaulted Pulliam’s campaign event just blocks from police headquarters in downtown Portland.

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

DeSantis Requires Florida Students to Learn About ‘Victims of Communism’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday requiring Sunshine State students to learn about the “Victims of Communism” in high school.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, high school students enrolled in US government courses will get at least 45 minutes of instruction each November 7 describing how “victims suffered under these regimes through poverty, starvation, migration, systemic lethal violence, and suppression of speech.”

DeSantis inked the law at the Freedom Tower in Miami, where 650,000 Cubans were processed after fleeing their homeland upon Fidel Castro’s seizure of power in 1959.

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

Dozens of Homeless People Seen Using Seattle Public Transportation as Homeless Shelter

A video filmed in Seattle shows dozens of reported homeless people using the city’s public light rail system as a shelter to sleep.

“A Sound Transit employee took a shocking video that shows approximately 30 homeless people using light rail as a homeless shelter. Why is this happening?” KTTH radio host Jason Rantz tweeted Monday.

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

Elon Musk Says He May Die ‘Under Mysterious Circumstances’ In Cryptic Tweet

Elon Musk suggested he might die “under mysterious circumstances” in a cryptic tweet that appeared to be referring to a threat by the chief of Russia’s space agency.

“If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,” Musk said in the tweet Sunday night.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted the ominous tweet shortly after he shared a message from Dmitry Rogozin, who accused him of being “involved in supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communication equipment.”

“And for this, Elon, you will be held accountable like an adult — no matter how much you’ll play the fool,” added the former deputy Russian prime minister who now heads the country’s space agency.

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

FDA Chief Claims “Misinformation” Is Leading Cause of Death in the United States

During an appearance on CNN, FDA chief Dr. Robert Califf asserted that the leading cause of death in the United States is online “misinformation.”

Califf spoke about his remarks … which were originally made at a health conference in Texas last month when he said online misinformation was “now our leading cause of death.” …

The woman picked to head up the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ said free speech makes her “shudder” while also promoting the lie that the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation.

Nina Jankowicz also ludicrously cited Christopher Steele as an expert on disinformation. Steele was the author of the infamous Clinton campaign-funded Trump ‘peegate’ dossier’ that turned out to be an actual product of disinformation.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

FDA Commissioner Says Online “Misinformation” is Killing People

Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Robert Califf, in an appearance on CNN, said there would be almost zero deaths from Covid were it not for “misinformation” online.

In the US, as of this week, 998,000 people had allegedly died from Covid since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official statistics.

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

Gov. DeSantis Wants Joe Biden’s Ministry of Truth Killed Off Like the Buffalo

‘We need to eliminate that. That is a big danger to free expression in this country.’

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants President Joe Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board to be hunted nearly — or entirely — into extinction.

Florida’s Republican Governor has likened the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory board, set up to educate the public about disinformation, to an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.” Before signing legislation honoring the victims and opponents of communism during a news conference in Miami Monday, DeSantis told the crowd to criticize things that go against American values.

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

‘I Wanted to Kill Them All!’: Suspect in Times Square SUV Attack Faces Trial

31-year-old Richard Rojas began facing trial on Monday in New York for his role in the 2017 crash in Times Square that killed 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman and injured twenty-two other people. He faces a count of murder for the deceased as well as counts of attempted murder over those he injured.

Prosecutors told a jury on Monday that Rojas first words to a traffic cop after the attack were “I want to kill them all!” Apparently he was high on PCP-laced marijuana at the time of the deadly attack.

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

James Lindsay Locked Out of Twitter for Posting ‘Misleading Information’ About COVID, Vaccines

Author and mathematician James Lindsay has been reportedly locked out of his Twitter account for up to a week for sharing misleading’ information about COVID vaccines.

The tweet, which reportedly triggered the lockout, was a retweet of physician-scientist and author Eric Topol, who posted a graphic and a study on the effects of “long COVID.”

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

Newsom Reconsiders Plans to Close California’s Last Nuclear Plant Amid Energy Shortages

The Newsom government in California is now strongly considering allowing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the state’s last such facility, to remain open, as concerns grow over lack of ability to meet consumer demand for electricity.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) now plans to ask the federal government instead for a $6 billion bailout to rescue the ailing facility in order to extend its life.

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

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Clinical Trial Gone Wrong: Maddie De Garay’s Story (Part 1)

In this first part of this two-part series, we feature the story of a COVID-19 injection injured child through the eyes of her mother, Stephanie de Garay. She signed all three of her children up for the Phase III clinical trials that Pfizer conducted at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital in Ohio beginning in the summer of 2020. Her daughter, Maddie de Garay, was 12 at the time of her enrollment.

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

Prince William Praises Television Writers for Inserting Climate Change “Programming” Into Shows

During a BAFTA segment about climate change in which it was asserted that the “planet is on fire,” Prince William praised television writers for inserting “programming” about green messages into their shows.

The duke made the comments as part of a special video address praising ‘Planet Placement’ — where producers insert messages into programs that may not even necessarily be about environmental issues.

William noted the “innovative” and “emotive” messages that were being inserted into programming to make people more conscious about wanting to save the planet.

Critics would call this “brainwashing.”

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

Revealed: Elon Musk Plans to Fire 1,000 Twitter Staff, Quintuple Revenue, Get 69 Million Users Paying $3 a Month and Cut Reliance on Advertising Income, Presentation to Investors Shows

Elon Musk is planning to fire 1,000 staffers at Twitter as soon as his purchase of the social media platform is complete.

It’s believed he will fire many of the firm’s woke staff following the transfer of ownership which will take around six months, after which Musk is likely to wield the ax.

But then within the next three years, Musk anticipates making thousands of new hires, swelling the ranks to around 11,000 employees, up from 7,500 currently.

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

Senate Approves Bill to Boost SCOTUS Judge, Family Security

The Senate approved legislation Monday that ramps up personal security and other protections for Supreme Court justices and their families after the leak of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade touched off pro-abortion protests around the country.

Last week, Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Supreme Court Police Parity Act, which would provide justices and their families with protective details similar to those given to members of Congress and White House officials.

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

‘Steele Dossier’ Key Source on Trump Was Shocked at ‘Fake News’: Report

A key source of the material in the largely discredited “Steele dossier” against former President Donald Trump was stunned to find out that gossip he shared wound up in the hands of the FBI, according to a new report.

Veteran public relations executive Charles “Chuck” Dolan Jr. appeared shocked by the contents of the infamous dossier when it was published by BuzzFeed shortly before Trump’s inauguration, some of his associates told the Wall Street Journal.

Dolan — a longtime ally of both Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton — even sent an email denouncing the dossier just hours after it was posted online, according to the Journal.

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

The Five Worst Prosecutors in America

In 1940, Attorney General Robert Jackson proclaimed, “While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.”

There are more than just five bad prosecutors currently in office in the United States. But the following five prosecutors have earned notoriety as the worst in America based on vital criteria—public safety, fidelity to the rule of law, personal integrity, leadership, responsible innovations, community relations, office morale, and teamwork with other players in the criminal-justice system. (The list extends beyond just five individuals because some jurisdictions have suffered under the policies of multiple prosecutors.)

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

Trial Starts in Times Square Pedestrians Struck

A driver who plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square is set to stand trial Monday.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Trial to Start for Driver Who Ran Down Times Square Tourists

NEW YORK (AP) — The man behind the wheel of the car that barreled through crowds of pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, is finally headed to trial after various delays over five years, including pandemic-induced court shutdowns.

Opening statements are expected Monday in the trial of Richard Rojas, a 31-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who told police after his arrest that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP before plowing through helpless tourists in 2017 at the Manhattan landmark known as “the crossroads of the world.”

Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old from Portage, Michigan, on an annual family trip was killed. Her 13-year-old sister, Ava, was among the injured. Jessica Williams, of Dunellen, New Jersey, was so badly hurt that her mother had to accept the diploma at her high school graduation while she remained in the hospital.

Rojas’ trial, in state court in Manhattan, is expected to take several months…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

‘Twitter Obv Has a Strong Left Wing Bias’: Elon Musk on the Necessity of Free Speech

Elon Musk began to clarify some of his views as regards the operations of Twitter, the social media platform he recently purchased for $44 billion, and expects to run as CEO for at least a few months once that takeover is complete.

In an exchange with Michael Cernovich, where Cernovich pointed out the behavior of leftist journalists who have no fear over spreading misinformation on the platform, or calling for violence, because they know they will not be banned, Musk said that “Twitter obvs as a strong left wing bias.”

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

UNC Journalism School Downgraded to Provisional Accreditation in the Wake of DEI Concerns

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) recently voted to downgrade the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media to “provisional accreditation” status, according to an email written by Interim Dean Heidi Hennink-Kaminski to school faculty.

The change is due to the ACEJMC’s concerns regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the school, especially in the wake of journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones turning down a tenured position because of administrative controversy surrounding her hiring. In 2021, Hannah-Jones was hired as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism but was originally only offered a five-year contract instead of tenure by the UNC Board of Trustees. Despite later receiving a tenure offer, Hannah-Jones decided to take the same position at Howard University instead. The ACEJMC determined that this high-profile incident was evidence of significant DEI issues within the school that warranted reevaluation of its accreditation.

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

We’re No. 1! More People Move to Texas From California Than Any Other State. But… Why?

You’ve probably heard that lots of people are leaving California and headed to Texas.

How big of thing is that?

For answers, we’re digging into numbers from the US Census Bureau, as well as research from UCLA and the Public Policy Institute of California. We’re also talking to Bill Fulton.

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

Why the Debate Over Russian Uranium Worries U.S. Tribal Nations

If imports end because of the war, American companies may look to increase domestic mining, which has a toxic history on Indigenous lands.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Calgary Freedom Rally: Travel Mandates, Antifa Doxing and Bionic Journalists

Calgarians gathered once again at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates without fear of the recently defeated City of Calgary injunction looming over them.

Hundreds were out to decry the ongoing exclusion of millions of Canadians from travel, both within our borders and abroad, while the rest of the world has moved on from limiting travel for the unvaccinated. We spoke with many who also expressed concerns over the increasingly totalitarian trends from Trudeau’s government, with recent Charter violations, digital ID and state media control remaining forefront issues for many in attendance.

We also witnessed members of the peaceful rally confront two alleged Antifa members who were being accused of taking photos of women and children in addition to doxing protesters.

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

Canadian Forces Veteran Makes it to Ontario, With Under 2000km Left to Go

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) veteran James Topp embarked on the last and longest leg of his protest march to Ottawa this week, crossing into Ontario from Manitoba on Day 79 of his trek and putting more than 2300km behind him.

“This is the final province but it’s huge, so we’ll be here for a while,” Topp posted from the Ontario border on Monday. “Thunder Bay is roughly 550km away, so you’re on notice! Roughly 1.5 months to get to Ottawa from here for your mental calendars.”

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Convoy Protesters Say Seized Items Missing, Police Dispute Numbers

Freedom Convoy protesters who are trying to retrieve their seized belongings say Ottawa police are giving them a hard time, and that thousands of materials and other items are now missing and unaccounted for.

Ottawa Police Service (OPS) says it seized only 41 items when it cracked down on convoy demonstrations between Feb. 17 and 20. Among these are generators, heaters and barbecues which were either purchased by the protesters themselves or donated by supporters.

OPS claims that six of the 41 items have been returned but that 35 pieces of equipment remain locked up and in their possession.

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Is the Unofficial Motto for the Ottawa Police Service: ‘To Serve and Pretend (That We Don’t Know Anything)’?

The last formal event scheduled by the participants taking part in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in Ottawa last Sunday was a church service at the Capital City Bikers’ Church. Shockingly, the church had been vandalized in the wee hours of the morning. Spray paint adorned the walls of the church, the most egregious message being, “No haven for fascism” on the front wall. Tacks were scattered everywhere; presumably, the vandals hoped to flatten the motorcycle and car tires of those visiting this place of worship. This was real crime; not a thought crime.

To add insult to injury, for several blocks around the church police had erected signs noting that the area was closed to street parking due to a “special event” (a.k.a., shutting down the rights and freedoms of citizens.)

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Legal Victory! Calgary Protest Injunction Challenge Successful

For weeks, the city of Calgary was under a broad, sweeping injunction, acquired at the behest of activist Mayor Jyoti Gondek and city council, which limited park use, use of amplification, honking, the blocking of roads and sidewalks during marches, and a series of other freedoms.

Ultimately, the injunction sought to limit people’s capacity to protest vaccine mandates and government overreach.

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Ontario Liberals Pledge to Make COVID-19 Shots Mandatory for School Children

Ontario Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca is promising to make COVID-19 shots mandatory for public school children and teachers if elected this June.

Del Duca made the promise at a press conference on Saturday in Ottawa, and said adding the Covid vaccine to the list of other compulsory vaccines including polio and measles “will protect vulnerable kids.”

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U.S.-Style ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ Coming to Canada?

While freedom of speech and freedom of the press have long been considered hallmarks of American democracy, a new so-called ‘Ministry of Truth’ in the United States has created significant cause for concern.

On Friday’s episode of Rebel Roundup, Andrew Chapados joined David Menzies to discuss the Biden administration’s recently formed ‘Disinformation Governance Board,’ and to dive deeper into the ramifications that this could have on free speech in Canada.

Our own Rebel News reporter Andrew Chapados spoke with members of the public in downtown Toronto and surprisingly enough, most people seemed opposed to the creation of a similar board here in Canada.

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Watch: Poilievre Says Trudeau Liberals to Blame for High Gas Prices

Conservative leadership front-runner Pierre Poilievre released a video on Sunday explaining why the Trudeau Liberals are to blame for high gas prices.

“While it is true that the conflict in [Ukraine] has driven up prices, it is not true that government policies have nothing to do with the final prices that you pay at the pump,” said Poilievre.

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What Happened During the Rolling Thunder Rally in Ottawa?

An emotion-filled colourful weekend that ended peacefully with a gathering in front of Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.

On Friday, April 29, the Rolling Thunder bikers’ arrival led many Ottawa citizens to create a counter-protest at Stathcona Park. Barricades were also set up by law enforcement around Parliament Hill, restricting access to all vehicles.

Later that day, a small convoy dared to venture onto Rideau Street, where they unfortunately got stuck — that’s when events escalated.

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Big Tech, The Top Lobbyists in the EU

With 97 million euros per year, Big Tech is the largest lobbying sector in the EU. With the sector’s increasing financial power, its political influence has increased.

The largest technology companies (Big Tech) have recently spent more than 97 million euros per year lobbying the institutions of the EU to steer new legal regulations in their favour. According to the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), an organization that studies lobbying in the EU, the digital giants are the sector with the most lobbying spending, ahead of big pharma, the oil industry, finance (12 million euros), the chemical industry (17,75 million euros) or the automotive industry (9,85 million euros).

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Czechia Will Push for Ukraine’s EU Membership, Says Foreign Minister

The topic of the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be important for the upcoming Czech presidency of the European Union, which begins in less than two months, and Czechia will advocate for Ukraine to join the bloc, Czech foreign minister Jan Lipavský confirmed in a recent interview for the iDNES.cz news outlet.

Lipavský revealed that the Czech Republic will support Ukraine’s European ambitions during its presidency, noting that it will be a long journey for Ukraine as it must complete all the procedural steps and gain approval from all the members of the European Union, however, he maintained that bringing the country closer to the EU is the most sensible course of action.

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EU Votes to Extend Vaccine Passes Until at Least Summer 2023

Members of the European Parliament have voted to extend the vaccine passport program until June 2023, despite the fact that the controversial measures that eroded civil liberties during the pandemic are winding down in other areas.

The plan was approved by 432 votes, with 130 voting against it and 23 abstentions. It is now awaiting approval by the European Council.

Before the vote, the president of the parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar noted that “the pandemic is not over,” further arguing that a “time-limited extension is reasonable.”

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Germany: Cologne’s ‘Green’ Bicycle Fleet Destroyed in TikTok Challenge

The German climate youth in Cologne have apparently become bored with skipping school. In a fit of blind destructiveness, thousands of “green” KVB rental bikes were destroyed after a Tiktok-Challenge.

A mirror has been held up to the local leftist ruling SPD municipality when the matter of damaged “green” transport was raised in the city council. More social workers and street workers are now supposed to fix what decades of questionable policies have caused in the city. The left-green revolution has destroyed its mode of transport, literally.

With an appropriate mixture of serious criticism and biting irony, AfD parliamentary group leader Stephan Boyens wrecked the credibility of the city’s climate fanatics.

KVB bicycles parked on a site on Vitalisstraße in Cologne (on 4 May 2022), apparently had locks which were defective. The city’s striking youths subsequently demolished a large part of the 3,000 or so rental bicycles of the Cologne public transport system in the course of a “Tiktok Challenge”. In the end, according to the Kölner Express, only 200 of the environmentally conscious vehicles are still ready for use.

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Hungary Will Not Approve Sixth Sanctions Package Against Russia, Says FM Szijjarto

Hungary will not approve the European Union’s sixth sanctions package against Russia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó said on Sunday, after the failed EU summit on the contentious issue.

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Italy: Verdini Fraudulent Bankruptcy Conviction Upheld

Former politician currently serving term in separate case

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 3 — Former Senator Denis Verdini’s conviction for fraudulent bankruptcy in the case of local-newspaper publisher STE was upheld along with the related jail term of fives years, six months by a Florence appeals court on Tuesday.

The case is one of several faced by the 70-year-old, who was a close ally of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi before he broke away from Forza Italia to form his own now-defunct party in 2015.

Verdini is currently serving a term of to six and half years in relation to the bankruptcy of the Credito Cooperativo Fiorentino bank.

On Tuesday the Florence appeals court also upheld a term of three years in relation to case for former MP Massimo Parisi.

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Italy: MPS Manager in Hot Water Over Allegedly Sexist Remarks

‘Selling policies like pulling girls’ says bank official

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 3 — A top manager at Siena bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) is in hot water after making remarks slammed as sexist to staff while discussing how to boost their sales of insurance policies.

The bank’s chief commercial officer, Pasquale Marchese, allegedly repeated what he had heard from a top performing salesman in saying selling policies was like “pulling girls”.

He allegedly said “it’s like when you have to pull a girl, I try it on with them all, then one of them agrees”.

The Tuscany rep of the women’s section of Italy’s largest and most leftwing union CGIL, Barbara Orlandi, said “the MPS manager was wrong and it was absolutely useful to denounce his words, they sadly won’t be the last such ones but we hope that other cases receive the same treatment”.

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Italy: Dominatrix Stands for Councillor in Como

But party leader Calenda may pull her bid

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 9 — A dominatrix and performer with the professional name Lady Demonique is standing as town councillor in upcoming elections in Como.

The 31-year-old woman, whose real name is Doha Zaghi and who has appeared in steamy online videos, is running for former industry minister Carlo Calenda’s centrist Azione (Action) party.

“My candidacy is a signal to really understand if we have the balls to live without prejudice and sexism and get closer to that Europe and that America which we so much admire,” she said.

“If the opposite is true Italy will only be a province of Saudi Arabia”.

Calenda, however, has said he may pull her bid to get onto the city council in the northern lakeside city.

“If it was just private affairs, no problem, but this is politics,” he said.

NOTE: Azione is not a Centrist party as descibed but a false flag operation for the Left

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Italy: Hope Draghi’s US Visit Brings Peace Not Arms — Salvini

I hope there aren’t others who don’t want that

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 9 — League leader Matteo Salvini said Monday “I hope that Draghi0’s visit to America brings peace and not more arms: the two combatants want to sit down to peace talks, I hope there aren’t others who don’t want that”.

Salvini and 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Giuseppe Conte have recently come out against Italy sending more arms to Ukraine.

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Italy: Communist Hold-Outs Use Russia’s Z Symbol to Fete 1945 Victory

Zagarolo council mulls denying permission for Sunday event

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 6 — A small group of Italian Communist hold-outs are using the now-infamous Russian Ukraine war ‘Z’ symbol to celebrate the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 this Sunday, a day before the official mass parade in Moscow.

The local branch of the long-defunct PCI have put up the symbol on posters for their event in the small town of Zagarolo near Rome.

The town council said it was considering denying the Communists permission to stage the event.

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Over 100 NYC Orthodox Jews Get Kicked Off German Flight Over Mask Dispute

A group of about 100 Orthodox Jews from New York City says it was barred from boarding a connecting flight in Germany last week — because a few didn’t wear masks on the previous leg, according to reports.

The group embarked from JFK Airport in Queens to begin a religious pilgrimage to Budapest, Hungary. They had a stopover in Frankfurt on Wednesday — but when they tried to board their next plane out of Germany for Hungary, they were not allowed to get on it.

The group said they were all barred from the Lufthansa jet because a handful of them hadn’t worn masks on their inbound trip from New York.

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PM Orban Refuses to Approve Sanctions Against Church Leaders Following Orthodox Clerics’ Plea for Help

After the European Union proposed sanctions against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow for his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war efforts, several prominent leaders of Eastern Orthodox churches have asked for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s help to prevent this from happening.

Azbej Tristan, head of Hungary’s State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, said several church leaders, such as the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, the head of foreign affairs of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the adviser to the governor of the Hungarian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, wrote to Orban, who they described as “the voice of Christianity and common sense.”

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Russian Ambassador Hit With Red Paint During WW2 Commemoration

The Russian ambassador to Poland was surrounded by protesters and dashed with lurid, blood-like paint during a World War Two commemorative event in Warsaw on Monday.

Ambassador Sergey Andreev was attending a wreath-laying at a military cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, to commemorate the Russian-observed anniversary of the end of the Second World War when he was struck with paint on the face, chest, and shoulders.

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UK: Next ‘Doctor Who’ Star is Rwandan-Born Actor Ncuti Gatwa

LONDON (AP) — Ncuti Gatwa will take the mantle from Jodie Whittaker on “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Sunday, ending speculation over the iconic Time Lord’s next regeneration.

“Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars,” returning showrunner Russell T Davies said in the broadcaster’s release. “Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds.”

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UK’s Online Censorship Bill Faces Conservative Backlash

The UK government is still pushing the Online Safety Bill, which it says will make the UK the safest place to be on the internet.

However, it risks a Conservative rebellion and even legal challenges because of the lack of definition of “legal but harmful” content. The bill is one of the biggest threats to free speech proposed in a Western democracy.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin used the annual commemoration of the country’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II to justify the Kremlin’s attack on Ukraine, saying it was the only way to prevent what he said was a planned assault on Russia.

Russian state television and the Rutube video platform were hacked, with antiwar slogans replacing program titles and channel descriptions, as the country prepared for its Victory Day celebration. In Poland, protesters doused the Russian ambassador with red paint as he attempted to mark the day at a Warsaw memorial.

Ukraine: Embattled Ukrainian forces making a last stand in Mariupol vowed to fight until the end if they aren’t rescued. Two commanders of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment trapped in Mariupol’s steel plant said thousands of civilians have perished in the battle. People who escaped the steel plant described their long ordeal.

President Volodymyr Zelensky marked Victory Day with a videotaped address in which he recalled Ukraine’s history of fighting off the Nazis and promised the defeat of the Russian invaders.

Western support: The House of Representatives plans to vote early this week on a nearly $40 billion U.S. aid package for Ukraine. The Biden administration suspended tariffs on Ukrainian steel imports for one year.

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North Korea Bans Tight Jeans, Dyed Hair, Other Trends With ‘Capitalist Flair’: Report

Kim Jong Un’s regime is ramping up its crackdown on “decadent” Western fashion trends in North Korea, including dyed hair, tight jeans and piercings, according to a report.

Radio Free Asia says North Korea’s Socialist Patriot Youth League is now directing its repressive efforts at women in their 20s and 30s who wear long hair down to their waist, dye their locks brown, or don clothing emblazoned with large foreign letters.

An unnamed resident of the city of Hamhung told the US government-sponsored nonprofit news outlet that North Korea’s regime is also going after women who wear curve-hugging pants.

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One Identical Twin Raised in South Korea, One in USA: Which One Turned Out 16 IQ Points Smarter?

Nancy L. Segal at Cal State Fullerton is a leading expert on twins. She is the professor to call if you have some crazy twin story of scientific interest, like her 2015 account of two pairs of South American identical twins who got switched in the hospital and grew up believing themselves to be fraternal twin pairs, one in the city and one in the country, until being reunited in their 20s.

Now she’s done a case study of a pair of South Korean identical twin girls, one of whom got lost at age 2 and wound up adopted by an American family and raised in the U.S. That’s a pretty huge difference for identical twins raised apart studies, since they usually stay in the same country, often with relatives of one or the other parent (and generally middling income folk who can afford to take one child but not two children).

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Mentions of Website Blocking Are Found in the UK-Australia Trade Agreement

There is a paragraph about website site blocking in the new free trade agreement between Australia and the UK. The trade agreement could set a precedent for other trade agreements with other countries.

Website blocking is one of the solutions to fight piracy. Like most forms of censorship, it was controversial initially but over the past decade it has been increasingly normalized. Several countries, including Australia and the UK, have laws allowing rights holders to request the blocking of piracy sites. Both countries have a list of domains that ISPs should block and the list is regularly updated.

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43,000 Economic Migrants Are Taking the Spots of Ukrainian Refugees in Germany

Accommodation spots and assistance in Germany intended to be offered to Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion are inadvertently being taken by prospective asylum seekers already living in Germany despite already being registered for asylum in other countries across Europe.

German broadsheet Die Welt recently reported that 43,041 asylum applicants, who had already lodged their application in Greece, are now occupying spots in reception centers across Germany, causing administrative chaos for authorities attempting to triage genuine war refugees over economic migrants.

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Afghan Migrant Jailed for Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old Boy in France, Already Deported From Sweden in the Past

A 22-year-old male has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a sexual assault on a 9-year-old minor and for possession of child pornography, it has emerged.

The defendant had appeared before the Cahors Criminal Court at the end of April.

As initially reported by La Dépêche newspaper, the events date back to April 24, 2020, in Cahors. The court heard how the defendant interacted with a child playing at the bottom of a building in Terre Rouge, a neighborhood where the defendant, born in Iran and now of Afghan nationality, lived in social housing.

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Finally! First One-Way Migrant Flights to Rwanda Could Happen by the End of May

One-way flights to Rwanda for illegal boat migrants could commence as early as the end of May, a UK government source has said.

Despite initial reporting that it may take months for the UK to implement its plan of deporting illegal boat migrants to Rwanda, a government source has now said that the first on-way flights to the African nation might take off as early as the end of May.

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France: Pregnant Woman Pepper-Sprayed, Robbed by Migrant Known to Police

A pregnant woman was attacked and robbed in France by an illegal migrant suspect who was already known to police, according to reports.

The disturbing incident unfolded on Wednesday morning in Villeurbanne, a commune in the Lyon metropolitan region.

A 30-year-old pregnant woman was sitting on a bench in Jorge Semprun Park when she was ambushed by a male suspect who doused her with pepper spray and snatched her phone, Lyon Capitale reports.

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‘I Have Never Seen Such Violence’ — Beninese Migrant Convicted for Nearly Killing Swiss Woman With a Broken Bottle, Leaving Her With 200 Stitches and Deep Psychological Trauma

A migrant from the West African country of Benin has been convicted in Swiss court for a brutal assault on a 27-year-old woman, who he first groped on a train. After she rejected his advances, he repeatedly stabbed her with a broken bottle, nearly killing the woman.

The case dates back to Aug. 4, 2020, when the lives of three people changed forever. A little after 10 a.m. a 26-year-old from Benin who had been sleeping for three days at Romont station near Lausanne saw a woman boarding a train and decided to follow her. On board, he cornered her and tried to touch her crotch. The 27-year-old woman managed to push him away while screaming. She then sat further away from him while a young man of 20 approached to assist her, reported 20min.ch.

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Judge Shelley Joseph Takes on Trump, ICE as Rachael Rollins Recused From Case

Judge Shelley Joseph is gunning for ICE and former President Donald Trump in her no-holds-barred bid to stay out of jail.

In a federal court filing, prosecutors say Joseph “is on a fishing expedition” in demanding communications during the Trump administration.

The jurist — in line for a 12% pay hike as she collects $184,000 while on suspension — faces a federal obstruction of justice charge after being accused of aiding an illegal immigrant’s escape from an immigraiton agent in her Newton district courtroom in 2018.

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UK Police Admit Paedophile ‘Luton Man’ Was Migrant After Breitbart Report

Police in Bedfordshire, England, had admitted that a paedophile described as a “Luton man” was a migrant after Breitbart London reported their refusal to disclose his nationality.

Bedfordshire Police did not disclose the nationality of 29-year-old Zakei Ciurar, convicted of “three counts of sexual activity with a child, two of which involved penetration” after grooming a 13-year-old girl and offering her parents money to try and hush up his crimes, in a news bulletin on his sentencing, and local media referred to him only as a “Luton man”.

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UK: At Least 40 Migrants Including a Small Child and a Man ‘In Handcuffs’ Arrive in Dover After Crossing the Channel — as Priti Patel’s Plan to Ship Migrants to Rwanda Gets Underway This Week

At least 40 migrants have crossed the English Channel and arrived in Dover by small boat today.

The group, which included several women and at least one child, was escorted to the harbour in Kent shortly after 3.30pm on Border Force cutter Speedwell.

According to Sky News, one man was seen in handcuffs as he was led along the gangway for processing by UK officials.

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‘A Woman is Someone With a Vagina’ Says Anne Robinson

Anne Robinson, the outgoing Countdown host of The Weakest Link fame, has waded into the trans debate, insisting that “a woman is someone with a vagina”.

The 77-year-old television presenter, best known for her mocking take-no-prisoners style, made the comments in an interview with the notionally conservative Telegraph, saying that people were “entitled” to disagree with her but that she was “horrified that we can’t have a debate about this. That’s what really troubles me. I’m horrified by the lack of safety in women’s changing rooms, in swimming pools and that sort of thing.”

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Lori Lightfoot Vows Chicago Will be an ‘Oasis’ For Abortions if Roe V. Wade is Overturned

Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is vowing that her city will be an “oasis” for abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

On Monday, Lightfoot announced a “Justice For All Pledge” dedicating $500,000 towards access to abortion care in her city including transportation and lodging for women coming in from out of state, declaring Chicago an “island of reproductive freedom” and a “safe haven” in the Midwest.

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McConnell, Grassley Slam Protests Outside Justices’ Homes, Say Lawbreakers ‘Must be Held Accountable’

Top Senate Republicans Monday slammed left-wing activists for protesting outside the homes of justices who are expected to vote to end Roe v. Wade, even going so far as to call for demonstrators to be prosecuted.

Protestors organized by “Shut Down DC” went to the homes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts over the weekend. The group is planning to send another group of demonstrators to Justice Samuel Alito’s home Monday night.

“The harassment, intimidation, threats and destruction of property that we’ve seen since the unprecedented leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion are unacceptable, and no way to advocate for your viewpoint in a democracy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the court has been threatened,” Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox News Digital.

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Protests Erupt Outside Home of Justice Alito

Demonstrators rallied outside the Northern Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday evening to protest his draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Videos of the protesters flanked by cameramen showed people marching up and down the street chanting slogans like: “our bodies, our voice!” and “Alito is a coward!”

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Reporter Calls for Violence Against Pro-Lifers, Says They Shouldn’t Have ‘Peace or Safety’ Until They’re Dead

A reporter for Rewire News Group called for “more” violence against pro-life Americans over the weekend as she appeared to celebrate reports of vandalism against the headquarters of a pro-life group in Wisconsin.

“More of this. May these people never know a moment of peace or safety until they rot in the ground,” Caroline Reilly wrote in a now-deleted tweet Sunday evening, responding to a report from The New York Times about the vandalism.

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Satanic Temple to Argue Abortion is Ritual in Legal Challenges to States That Put Up Hurdles to Procedure

The Satanic Temple (TST) said its adherents should be permitted religious exceptions to perform religious abortion rituals in states that have put up barriers to the controversial procedure.

Responding to a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft that would overturn Roe v. Wade, TST said it was committed to protecting “religious abortion access” for its members.

“In states that outlaw abortion but grant exceptions for instances of incest and rape,” TST said in a statement, “members should be permitted a religious exception to perform TST’s religious abortion ritual.”

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School Reportedly Tries to Conceal Student’s Gender Preference From Parents

A Pennsylvania middle school has reportedly encouraged teachers to conceal a student’s preferred pronouns from their parents.

An email conversation between teachers and a counselor at the Charles F. Patton Middle School in Kennett Square allegedly reveals that the student “prefers the pronouns they/them,” Fox News reported.

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Taxpayer Funding for Child Sex Changes Offered on Ontario NDP Platform

The Ontario NDP 2022 platform proposes full taxpayer funding for medically-induced gender transitions and operations for transgender youth.

In the platform’s “health equity” section, NDP leader Andrea Horwath committed to providing “full coverage of transition drugs and medications” and to make it easier for people including kids to access sex change surgeries.

“Immediately begin work to improve access to gender-affirming procedures and surgeries and make transition drugs free,” the platform states. “We’ll work to ensure full coverage of transition drugs and medications.”

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/9/2022

  1. https://www.friatider.se/poliskommissarie-hela-sverige-pa-vag-att-bli-som-rinkeby

    ABOUT TO GO TO HELL

    Police Commissioner: All of Sweden is becoming like Rinkeby

    Published 9 May 2022 at 19.26
    The whole country is heading towards “Rinkeby’s problem”. This warning comes from Peter Torstensson, police commissioner in the western region, in an opinion piece in Expressen.

    Peter Torstensson worked as a police officer in the immigrant ghetto of Rinkeby about 20 years ago.

    Today, he has a feeling that “history is repeating itself”.

    “Now I work in Dalsland and for a few years now I have seen things I recognize from the past. There are several poor municipalities here that took a very big responsibility during the migration crisis in 2015 where the number of new arrivals in some cases amounted to almost a thousand per municipality. Social services, schools and leisure activities are now under strain, unemployment and benefit dependency are high,” writes Peter Torstensson.

    He continues:

    “It looks more or less the same all over the country.”

    Despite daily gun murders and shootings, senior police chiefs tell us that “we are on the right track” and “we are seeing improvements”, writes Torstensson.

    “Through this, politicians are leaning back when the truth is that, in principle, across the country we are heading into the same problems as in our larger cities. Now it’s about Sweden’s smaller towns, communities and rural areas.”

    “We must not continue to darken. We who work out here see it coming,” concludes Peter Torstensson.

  2. HOW TO SOLVE IT!

    Immigrants go home voluntarily for fear of social

    Published May 9, 2022 at 3:17 p.m.
    Information that social authorities in Sweden kidnap Muslim children now causes immigrants to move home to the third world again completely voluntarily.

    “There are families in Sweden who are so afraid that the social services will take their children that they give up their whole lives and flee the country,” reports P4 Gothenburg.

    The radio channel has spoken to the father of four, Samir, who “in a panic” sent his children and his wife to the Middle East when he received a letter from the social worker. Even though he did not know what the letter was about.

    – It starts with a letter and ends with them taking your own child from you, says Samir to P4 Gothenburg.

    Samir states that he knows a dozen other families who are also planning to leave Sweden, or have already done so.

    – If social security does not guarantee that we can keep our children, we will never return to Sweden, Samir threatens.

    – And if they guarantee it, we will still change municipality to get away from this racist social worker, he continues.

    According to P4, an “international drive” is underway against Sweden with “fake films” that describe how Muslim children are kidnapped by Swedish social. According to the Swedish Agency for Psychological Defense, this is an “organized advocacy campaign”.

    • Who woulda thunk that Child Protective Services would be more of a threat to invading barbarians than the Police or Immigration?

  3. The number of people diagnosed with intellectual disabilities in Sweden is skyrocketing.

    Increase of almost 150 percent since 2008. “Need to look at this more”

    The number of adults diagnosed with mild intellectual disability is increasing rapidly. The number of children diagnosed is also increasing. In one region of the country, the number of cases has increased by over 600% since 2008. This is the result of a review by Psykologtidningen.

    Psykologtidningen has reviewed statistics from the National Board of Health and Welfare that show that the number of adult patients with mild intellectual disability has increased by 143 percent between 2008 and 2020.

    No common explanation for the increase is yet available. However, it is agreed that the figures need to be looked at more closely.

    – Clearly, there has been an increase. It is important to look at this more closely,” says Peter Salmi, an investigator in psychiatry at the National Board of Health and Welfare.

    READ MORE: New study finds diversity makes society weaker

    The Örebro County region stands out with a 617 percent increase since 2008.

    When it comes to children, the proportion of pupils receiving special education in Stockholm County has increased by more than 3+ percent since 2016, from 0.9 to 1.2 percent.

    IQ also falling
    Last September, Kyösti Tarvainen, PhD, associate professor emeritus of systems analysis at Aalto University, Helsinki, warned that Sweden’s average IQ will fall below 90 in the next century if current trends continue. This, in turn, would make it difficult to maintain a democratic society.

    READ MORE: Scientists warn: Sweden’s falling IQ threatens democracy

    Tarvainen’s research has previously shown that with unchanged immigration, ethnic Swedes will be a minority by 2065 and that there will be as many Muslims as ethnic Swedes by 2100.

    In 2017, another study showed that IQs are falling in Sweden’s neighbouring countries as well as in nations such as the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

      • Strictly speaking, it’s a tribal rather than religious custom. Apparently First Millenium Christians discouraged tribe and clan loyalties, of which consanguinity is a consequence, so we’ve largely been spared it.

        • But a religion can forbid cousin marriage.
          Since Islam tolerates cousin marriage, Islam can be partly blamed I think.

          • I daresay they don’t regard it as a priority. After all, if it were banned, the people might become more intelligent, and question the beliefs with which they’ve been indoctrinated.
            (Of course, this assumes that their leaders are sufficiently clever to have worked this out.)

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