Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/18/2022

President Joe Biden fell off his bicycle after completing a ride near his home in Delaware. He reportedly said that his foot got caught. Fortunately, he was uninjured after the mishap.

In other news, Islamic terrorists targeted a Sikh religious center in Kabul with explosives. Besides the bombers, one Sikh was killed, and also a Taliban guard.

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

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Financial Crisis
» Biden Wants to Send Americans Gift Cards for Gas But Likely Can’t Due to Chip Shortage
» Bitcoin Continues Rapid Slide, Drops 12% to Nearly $18,000 Amid Economic Turmoil
» British Central Bank Admits it ‘Underestimated’ Inflation, As UK Heads Towards 11 Per Cent
» UK: Pictures: Thousands Protest Cost of Living Crisis in London
» With Plenty of GOP Help, Senate Shoots Down Rand Paul’s Balanced-Budget Resolution
 
USA
» “Deleted” TikTok Videos Are Still Available to Law Enforcement
» 911 Audio Released of Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s Domestic Dispute With Husband: ‘Get Out’
» Another Food Processing Plant Explodes
» Antifa Members Given No Jail Time Over Violent ‘Hate Crime’ Attack on 2 Hispanic US Marines
» Arizona Bans Government Contracts With Chinese Labor Camps
» Author James Patterson Apologizes for Suggesting White Male Writers Not Getting Work Because of ‘Racism’
» Biden Falls in Front of Onlookers While Cycling Outside Delaware Beach Vacation Home
» Brave Search Challenges DuckDuckGo on Trackers Controversy
» Children Found in Car at Scene of Double Fatal Shooting in Hollywood
» COVID Vaccine Rollout for U.S. Children Close After CDC Panel Vote
» Facebook “Fact-Checker” USA Today Caught Publishing Fake News
» Facebook ‘Fact Checker’ USA Today Forced to Delete Articles Over Fabricated Sources
» Fire at Historic Chattanooga, Tennessee Church Intentional: Officials
» ‘Hero’ at Alabama Church Shooting Subdued Gunman, Police Say
» Justice Sotomayor Praises Clarence Thomas as a ‘Friend’ Who ‘Cares Deeply About the Court’
» Los Angeles Prosecutor Blasts George Gascon After Officers Killed in Line of Duty: ‘No Accountability’
» Man With Anti-Trump Stickers on Car Smashes Into Trump Merchandise Shop Window
» Mass Cattle Deaths Raise Speculation
» Meta is Sued for Collecting Data on Hospital Patients
» More Oil Industry Heads Blast Biden for Threats and Blame Over Energy Crisis
» New York’s Curriculum is Critical Race Theory by Another Name
» NYT Tells Sports Reporters No Talking Politics on Social Media or in Articles
» Social Media Posts Could Lead to Gun Confiscation Under Proposed Red Flag Laws, PA Gov Tom Wolf Suggests
» SpaceX Fires Employees Who Circulated Letter Calling Musk an “Embarrassment” And Seeking “Inclusiveness”
» Surprising Number of Younger Americans Think Assassinating Political Opponent is Okay
» Top FBI Agent “Violated Bureau Policy” by Having “Unauthorized Contacts” With Journalists, Accepting Free Tickets to Dinner Events
» Trump Indicates He May Pardon Some Jan. 6 Defendants Should He Return to Office
» US Capitol Police Arrest Stephen Colbert Staffers at House Office Building, Charged With Illegal Entry
» US Marshals Arrest 24 of Portland’s Most Violent Criminals
» Video: NY Post Correspondent Accuses White House of ‘Blacklisting’ Reporters They Don’t Like
» Violent Crimes, Overdoses Skyrocket After Portland Decriminalizes Drugs
» Watch: Trump Declares US Faces ‘Greatest Danger’ From Americans Seeking to Destroy it ‘From Within’
» Watch: Rand Paul Slams Fauci for ‘Not Having Any Evidence’ To Back COVID Boosters for Kids
» Watch: Tim Pool Blasts Twitter for Suspending MythinformedMKE
» Why the Sudden Rash of Food Processing Plant Fires?
» Woke Hawaii Teacher Busted for Grooming 13-Year-Old, Sexually Assaulting Him on Video
» Yellowstone Floods — Lodge Floats Down Yellowstone River (Photos)
 
Canada
» Andrew Lawton’s Upcoming Book on the Freedom Convoy is Already a Best-Seller
» Canada’s Top Military Leaders Systematically Removed Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations
» Danielle Smith Says She’ll Introduce an “Alberta Sovereignty Act” On First Day as Premier
» House of Commons to Lift Vaccine Mandate, Conservatives Say “It’s About Time”
» Interview: Derek Smith, Best-Selling Author of ‘How the Prime Minister Stole Freedom’
» Lawyer Challenging Mandates Says Government Must be Held Accountable
» Liberals Block Release of Data to Justify Travel Restrictions
» Watch: Maxime Bernier Discusses Threat of Globalism in Canada
» YouTube Posts Video Explaining What Bill C-11 Could Mean for Creators on Its Platform
 
Europe and the EU
» As PM Orban Extends Fuel and Food Caps, EU Countries Follow Hungary’s Lead to Combat Cost of Living Crisis
» EU to Produce 100,000 Tons of Windmill Blade Waste by 2025
» France: Change at Any Cost? 40 Per Cent of Le Pen Voters May Vote for the Far-Left This Weekend
» French Police Arrest Far-Left Extremist Linked to Estimated 60 Car Burnings
» Germany to Make Mask Mandates Permanent Every Winter
» Left-Wing UK Parties Demand “Health Misinformation” Controls be Added to Controversial “Online Safety Bill”
» Lockdown Forever! EU Votes to Extend COVID Cert Until 2023
» Milestone Jab Judgment in France Marks ‘Global Turnaround’
» Moment Furious Italian Motorists Drag Extinction Rebellion Protesters Away to Let Traffic Pass After Activists Staged a Sit-in Blockade of One of Rome’s Busiest Roads
» Orban Vows to Dismiss Policies That ‘Threaten to Impoverish Hungarian Families’ In Response to Meps’ Letter
» Polish PM Hits Back at ‘Illogical’ Criticism From Opposition for Not Joining Kyiv Visit With Scholz and Macron
» Rheinmetall Unveils New German ‘Super Tank’
» Spain: Average Age of First-Time Mothers Rises to 33-Years-Old
» The World Economic Forum and World Trade Organization Push “Global Digital Identity of Persons and Objects”
» UK Blocks Labour Lawmaker That Wanted News Outlets to Register With Dystopian Regulator
» UK Home Secretary Decides to Extradite Julian Assange to the US
» UK: Letters to the Editor Report Weather Modification and Smelly Chemtrails
» UK: Live: Weekend of Protests in Bristol City Centre Set to Cause Disruption
» UK’s Gatwick Airport Cancels 4,000 Flights Until September Due to ‘Staff Shortages’
» University Rector Says Viking Ships May Collapse in 5 or 50 Years if New Museum is Delayed
 
Middle East
» Droughts in the Sixth Century Paved the Way for Islam
 
Russia
» German Authorities Investigating Several Hundred Possible Russian War Crimes in Ukraine
» Only Ukraine Should Decide on Talks With Russia, Says Polish Foreign Minister
» Putin: Unipolar Order Has Ended, West Headed for “Change of Elites” As Russia Emerges Stronger
» Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (June 17)
 
South Asia
» Afghanistan: Deadly Explosion Rocks Sikh Site in Kabul
» Afghanistan: Sikh Temple Attacked by Jihadi Militants in Kabul. 2 Killed, Several Injured
» India: Maharashtra: Hindu Man Assaulted by Muslim Men Over Status Message Supporting Suspended BJP Leader Nupur Sharma on Her Prophet Remarks
» India: Hindu Head Constable Dharambir Yadav Killed by Jihadi Beef Mafia in Kushinagar
 
Far East
» China’s New Way of War
» W.H.O. Admits Lockdowns Resulted in Dramatic Rise in Mental Health Problems
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Energy Crisis Worsens as Gov’t Ask People to Keep Lights Off to Avert Blackouts
» COVID Surveillance Tech Remains Open to Exploitation
 
Immigration
» Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 15 Suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List at the Southern Border
» Finland Prepares for Possible ‘Hybrid Warfare’ Migrant Surge at Russian Border
» French Police Open Fire on Truckload of Migrants During Pursuit Near Italian Border
» Indictment Unsealed Charging Terrorism, Fraud, Identity Theft and Immigration Offenses
» UK: Controversial Refugee Facility in Small Village of Just 700 Residents Recruiting Staff Despite Government Claiming it’s “On Hold”
» UK: Furious Priti Patel Claims European Judges Who Blocked Rwanda Migrant Flight at the 11th Hour Are ‘Anti-Tory’ And ‘Anti-Brexit’ As She Blasts ‘Scandalous’ Intervention and Vows to Overturn the Decision
» UK: Illegal Migrants to be Electronically Tagged to Stop Them ‘Disappearing Into the Country’
 
Culture Wars
» Americans’ Belief in God Hits New Low: Poll
» FBI Investigating Attacks on Pregnancy Centers as Potential Acts of Domestic Violent Extremism
» Iowa Supreme Court Rules State Constitution Doesn’t Guarantee Fundamental Right to Abortion
» Maine Rules in Favor of Biological Male Who Seeks to be Housed With Women in Senior Care Facility
» Minnesota Pregnancy Center Vandalized by ‘Jane’s Revenge’: ‘We Should’Ve Done More’
» New Rock Star Says “Sell Your Soul for Money and Fame” Later Says “It Only Gets Worse”
» NYC Mayor Adams Defends ‘Drag Storytellers’ In Libraries and Schools
» Pro-Abortion Activists Call for Massive Unrest in the Streets if Roe is Overturned
» UK’s Public-Funded BBC Told Journalists to Lobby Lawmakers on Trans Rights
» US Air Force Base Community Center Hosts Drag Time Story Hour After Initially Being Cancelled by Military
» US Military Marches in Front of Pride Flag, No American Flag in Sight
» Video: Pelosi Refuses to Condemn Violence, Death Threats Against Pregnancy Clinics, Pro Life Orgs
 

Biden Wants to Send Americans Gift Cards for Gas But Likely Can’t Due to Chip Shortage

With the price of gas becoming prohibitively high across the country, the Biden administration has suggested a variety of solutions aimed at easing the burden on consumers.

They were forced to pull the brakes on their latest plan of simply sending Americans gift cards for gas after it was revealed that the ongoing chip shortage would make it nearly impossible.

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

Bitcoin Continues Rapid Slide, Drops 12% to Nearly $18,000 Amid Economic Turmoil

Bitcoin on Saturday continued its brutal dip, plunging roughly 12% over a single day amid wider economic fallout stemming from inflation, supply chain crises and high interest rates.

The prominent cryptocurrency finished at just above $18,000 on Saturday afternoon, having earlier broke the $19,000 floor for the first time since 2020.

Multiple other cryptocurrencies plunged as well, according to Coin Metrics, including Ethereum and Chronos, both of which dipped 15% and 12%, respectively.

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

British Central Bank Admits it ‘Underestimated’ Inflation, As UK Heads Towards 11 Per Cent

The Bank of England has become the latest central bank to admit that its inflation predictions were widely off, now predicting that the UK is set for 11 per cent inflation by the Autumn.

The chief economist for the Bank of England, Huw Pill, acknowledged on Friday that they had “underestimated” the rate of inflation after the Monetary Policy Committee adjusted its estimate to 11 per cent by October. The Bank had previously predicted 10 per cent by the Autumn, which was already five times higher than the typical target of two per cent.

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

UK: Pictures: Thousands Protest Cost of Living Crisis in London

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday in a protest over the soaring cost of living in Britain.

Huge crowds flooded into the British capital for the rally to demand that the government do more to help people faced with bills and other expenses that are rising more quickly than their wages.

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

With Plenty of GOP Help, Senate Shoots Down Rand Paul’s Balanced-Budget Resolution

Every few years, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul puts forth a quixotic proposal to balance the federal budget. It’s not the financial math that makes it a daunting task, but rather Washington’s bipartisan addiction to spending.

It predictably fails each time, but accomplishes two things in the process. First, it puts senators who’ve espoused fiscal discipline on the record as opposing it when the rubber meets the road. Second, over time, Paul’s proposals illustrate the insidious effect of kicking the can down the road—as each new proposal requires bigger cuts to push Uncle Sam to breakeven.

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

“Deleted” TikTok Videos Are Still Available to Law Enforcement

Global social media powerhouse, China’s TikTok, is no stranger to questionable practices and a low level of transparency, and there was a time when it was even close to getting banned in the US.

However, the platform has since been thriving, and even reportedly proving itself useful to law enforcement. (And we’re still talking about the US here, not China).

But it’s not all good. It’s the FBI that is allegedly digging deep into TikTok’s personal user information trove to gain access to videos, messages, location data that users thought they had deleted.

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

911 Audio Released of Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s Domestic Dispute With Husband: ‘Get Out’

911 audio obtained by Fox News provides new details into a domestic incident in which Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s husband accused her of slapping him in the face.

Kelley Foxx called 911 to report a domestic dispute with his wife on June 4 around 10 p.m., according to a police report. The audio, obtained by Fox News through a public records request, Kelley Foxx can be heard telling the dispatcher that the dispute is “physical.”

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

Another Food Processing Plant Explodes

Yet another food processing plant in America spontaneously exploded on Monday, according to reports.

Over 70 firefighters from multiple fire departments battled a massive blaze at Festive Foods in eastern Portage County, Wisconsin that began at 9 a.m. local time.

[Nearly 100 food processing plants, warehouses and farms are listed as having operations disrupted from major fires, ammonia, disease, etc. since 2021]

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Members Given No Jail Time Over Violent ‘Hate Crime’ Attack on 2 Hispanic US Marines

The Antifa members that violently mobbed two Hispanic US Marines in an unprovoked hate crime attack in Philadelphia in Nov. of 2018, were given light sentences on Thursday that will not require them to serve jail time, court documents show.

US Marine Corps reservists Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres were touring historical landmarks in Philadelphia on Nov. 17, 2018, when they were attacked by suspects Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan near the controversial “We the People” rally in Old City. The Marines testified that they had no knowledge of the rally and were in town with their helicopter unit to attend a Marine Ball later that evening.

According to court documents, suspect Tom Keenan approached the duo with ten other Antifa members and asked the Marines if they were “Proud,” referring to the Proud Boys. Not knowing what that question meant, Torres replied, “We are Marines.” They were then mobbed by Antifa and were called “nazi’s” and “white supremacists” while they were maced, punched, and kicked by the group.

[Comment: I despise Antifa.]

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

Arizona Bans Government Contracts With Chinese Labor Camps

Arizona recently signed into law HB 2488, thus prohibiting the state from contracting with a company unless the entity provides certification that it does not use ethnic Uyghurs for forced labor.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Justin Wilmeth, R-Phoenix. The nine bipartisan cosponsors included Leo Biasiucci, R-Lake Havasu; Shawnna Bolick, R-Phoenix; Frank Carroll, R-Sun City West; Rep. Joseph Chaplick, R-Scottsdale; Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix; Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix; Teresa Martinez, R-Casa Grande; Quang Nguyen, R-Prescott Valley; and Rep. Amish Shah, D-Phoenix.

On June 7th, HB 2488 was unanimously passed in the final read. The bill was later signed by Gov. Doug Ducey on June 13th.

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

Author James Patterson Apologizes for Suggesting White Male Writers Not Getting Work Because of ‘Racism’

During a recent interview, author James Patterson suggested that white male writers were facing an environment that has become increasingly biased against them, chalking the phenomenon up to “just another form of racism.”

On Tuesday, he rescinded his previous statements, and apologized for suggesting that white writers were victims of racism.

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

Biden Falls in Front of Onlookers While Cycling Outside Delaware Beach Vacation Home

President Biden took a tumble Saturday morning while cycling outside of his vacation home in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-area — appearing to have fallen on his hip after briefly coming to a stop in front of onlookers.

The video of the fall, in Cape Henlopen State Park, went viral on social media almost immediately after it was posted.

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

Brave Search Challenges DuckDuckGo on Trackers Controversy

Brave CEO Brendan Eich blasted rival privacy-focused browser DuckDuckGo for its Bing and LinkedIn trackers exemption in its Android, macOS, and iOS apps. DuckDuckGo has a contract with Microsoft that exempts the Big Tech from the privacy defenses.

“For non-search tracker blocking (e.g. in our browser), we block most third-party trackers,” DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg explained in May. “Unfortunately our Microsoft search syndication agreement prevents us from doing more to Microsoft-owned properties. However, we have been continually pushing and expect to be doing more soon.”

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

Children Found in Car at Scene of Double Fatal Shooting in Hollywood

No arrests were reported early Friday in the shooting deaths of a man and woman in their 20s.

A man and woman in their 20 were found fatally shot late Thursday in Hollywood.

Two young children were found inside a car near where the bodies were discovered at Carlos Avenue and Gower Street. The children were taken to the LAPD’s Hollywood Station.

Police said they believe that the deceased woman is the mother of the children…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

COVID Vaccine Rollout for U.S. Children Close After CDC Panel Vote

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months, allowing a nationwide rollout to start next week.

The CDC’s move came after a panel of advisers to the institution voted earlier on Saturday to recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook “Fact-Checker” USA Today Caught Publishing Fake News

Reports are revealing that there is a well-known “fact-checker” gladly employed by Big Tech, that, as it turns out — can’t even check itself.

The fact-checking industry that the pandemic, governments, and Silicon Valley produced, remains one of the more murky aspects of the Big Censorship that befell the web these last years, like a disease in its own right.

But how does this “industry” deal with the blatant cynicism of a prominent “fact-checker” for others — USA Today in this case — publishing what was literally fake news on its own site?

Now that cooler heads are — somewhat — prevailing, or at least allowed to report actual news, including on Facebook’s, Twitter’s, etc., third-party “fact-checking” army, more and more damning information is emerging, allowing us a glimpse into how exactly the whole thing works — and how it fails.

Among a myriad “no-name non-profits” that wormed their way into this newly created business (and just tracking their origin, affiliation and funding is a giant task, that deserves a proper study) — there gave also been some well-known media names. Like AFP, and like USA Today.

So low is the level of transparency around this business that even some very astute observers are unable to say with certainty if USA Today was a fact-checker only for Facebook, or for Twitter as well. But what is certain is that, with USA Today being declared “trustworthy” when it came to passing verdicts on other people’s content — in at least 23 instances, the site itself was publishing “fabrications.” (That’s a euphemism for “lies.”)

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

Facebook ‘Fact Checker’ USA Today Forced to Delete Articles Over Fabricated Sources

USA Today, which is one of Facebook’s official ‘fact checkers’, was forced to delete 23 articles from its website after investigators found one of its reporters had fabricated sources.

The far-left outlet has a multi-million dollar department dedicated to “fact checking” independent media online with the goal of reducing the reach of non-mainstream outlets on social media.

However, it appears as though USA Today are themselves guilty of shamelessly spreading fake news…

The 23 articles … included pieces on the Texas abortion ban, anti-vaxxer content and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Miranda, who has now resigned from her position, “took steps to deceive investigators by producing false evidence,” …

As we previously highlighted, USA Today was also forced to hastily delete a series of tweets…

The newspaper also had to fire their ‘race and inclusion’ editor Hemal Jhaveri after she falsely blamed the Boulder supermarket shooting on white people.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Fire at Historic Chattanooga, Tennessee Church Intentional: Officials

A fire that heavily damaged a historic church in Chattanooga was intentionally set and authorities searched Friday for a person of interest in the arson case, officials said.

A three-alarm fire on June 10 at Phillips Chapel and Chauncey-Goode Auditorium in downtown Chattanooga nearly destroyed the buildings and resulted in parts of the structures being torn down, the city’s fire department said in a news release.

No injuries were reported. Investigators said more than 100 personnel helped fight the fire.

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

‘Hero’ at Alabama Church Shooting Subdued Gunman, Police Say

A “hero” attending a potluck dinner subdued the gunman who opened fire inside an Alabama church Thursday, killing two members and wounding a third, police said Friday. A suspect is in custody.

Police Capt. Shane Ware didn’t identify the suspect, but said he was a 71-year-old White male who occasionally attended services at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. Prosecutors were preparing warrants to charge him with capital murder, Ware said.

The suspect pulled a gun and opened fire during the dinner, a “Boomers Potluck” gathering attended by other church members, Ware said. He killed Walter Rainey, an 84-year-old man from Irondale, Alabama, and Sarah Yeager, a 75-year-old woman from Pelham, Alabama, police said in a statement…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Justice Sotomayor Praises Clarence Thomas as a ‘Friend’ Who ‘Cares Deeply About the Court’

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared for a public speech at the American Constitution Society on Thursday, and showered a conservative coworker with praise.

Sotomayor, often thought as one of the most liberal justices on the nation’s highest court, attended a conference put on by the ACS. She took the opportunity to speak highly of Justice Clarence Thomas, her conservative colleague.

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

Los Angeles Prosecutor Blasts George Gascon After Officers Killed in Line of Duty: ‘No Accountability’

A Los Angeles prosecutor is blasting Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon after two police officers were killed on Tuesday night by a gang member who was on probation for a weapons charge after he received a lenient sentence through a plea deal.

Justin William Flores allegedly killed two El Monte, California police officers on Tuesday night. He had a previous strike conviction and also received two years of probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The sentence is aligned with the policies of Gascon, who has been taken to court over his refusal to prosecute three-strike cases.

The Gascon policy allowed Flores to plead no contest and then get a light sentence handed down, despite a strike being on his criminal record.

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

Man With Anti-Trump Stickers on Car Smashes Into Trump Merchandise Shop Window

A car adorned with anti-Trump stickers smashed into a shop selling Donald Trump merchandise in Easton, Massachusetts, with police refusing to be drawn on what the motive might be.

Gee, I wonder?

The incident occurred yesterday evening at the New England for Trump store on Washington Street.

Video of the crash shows the Volkswagen Jetta ploughing into the shop’s window, sending t-shirts, hates and other items flying.

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

Mass Cattle Deaths Raise Speculation

Following over 100 fires that appear to be acts of sabotage against food facilities across the United States, speculation is now running rampant about thousands of cattle that appear to have died suddenly in Kansas over the weekend. According to the corporate media which also claims all covid vaccines are “safe and effective,” these sudden mass deaths are the result of heat. Yet cows are incredibly resilient and frequently endure the same temperatures that the Midwest is experiencing right now. Why are thousands of cattle apparently dying so suddenly? …

I am personally near hundreds of head of cattle in central Texas where temperatures are the same (and the days are even longer this time of year due to the more southern latitude). I see Longhorn cattle, Angus, Blanco and other breeds abound in Central Texas, yet I don’t see thousands of cattle dropping dead anywhere.

Digging into this issue further, I called one of my friends who owns several hundred head of cattle. He was already aware of the Kansas “mass death” event and had been discussing it with other cattle owners. I asked him if he believed the media story that all these cattle suddenly died from heat exposure. His answer?

“In a heat-related incident, they wouldn’t all drop dead at the same time. You would see a few dead at a time, scattered across the herd, but not so many deaths all at once.”

When I asked him if he thinks these are natural deaths or something more like sabotage, he said, “I’m thinking it’s something nefarious.”

[ For a chart and article noting the skyrocketing events of destroyed cattle/poultry/hogs in the U.S. that total in the tens of millions, see:

https://www.dailyveracity.com/2022/05/16/current-diesel-fuel-shortage-worse-than-1970s-fuel-crisis-will-accelerate-coming-food-supply-catastrophe/ ]

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Meta is Sued for Collecting Data on Hospital Patients

Meta has been sued over allegations that sensitive medical data is shared secretly with Facebook when patients access the portals of some health-care centers.

The basis of the lawsuit is Pixel, a tracking tool owned by Facebook. The tool redirects patients’ private data without consent, which is a violation of state and federal laws, according to the lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court. The unidentified complainant is proposing a class action on behalf of millions.

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

More Oil Industry Heads Blast Biden for Threats and Blame Over Energy Crisis

Following Exxon Mobil’s scathing response to Joe Biden’s threat to use “emergency authorities” against oil companies to make them produce more fuel, more industry leaders have issued equally damning come backs.

As we noted yesterday, after spending two years vowing and acting to shut down the production of fossil fuel energy, Biden is now imploring the companies to ramp up output.

Biden accused the companies of worsening the energy crisis by not doing enough and of exploiting Americans, while the White House proclaimed oil companies are not doing their “patriotic duty.”

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

New York’s Curriculum is Critical Race Theory by Another Name

It is no surprise the New York State Education Department quickly denied the allegations when exposed for using pandemic relief funds for schools to promote critical race theory.

After two years of school closures, mask mandates, social distancing — and the devastating learning loss and developmental harm these inflicted on students — the state’s Democrat leadership clearly knew how outraged parents would be upon finding out they prioritized taxpayer dollars to peddle this radical ideology. So, their playbook is to deflect, label the existence of CRT in elementary and secondary classrooms as a right-wing conspiracy theory, and assert their denial as an unquestionable fact.

Yet look no further than Monroe County, where West Irondequoit Central School District students were required to participate in an anti-racist curriculum project to learn of “the contemporary realities of structural racism.”

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

NYT Tells Sports Reporters No Talking Politics on Social Media or in Articles

The New York Times owned site The Athletic has laid down some new rules for mixing politics and sports in their writing.

“We don’t want to stop people from having a voice,” Chief Content Officer Paul Fichtenbaum told staff, according to OutKick. “But there comes a point where something that is a straightforward, ‘Hey, I’m concerned about guns in America’… becomes political when you say, ‘I’m concerned about guns in America, and this political party is the reason why we’re having an issue.’“

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

Social Media Posts Could Lead to Gun Confiscation Under Proposed Red Flag Laws, PA Gov Tom Wolf Suggests

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has shared an infographic showing how US citizens posting photos of guns on social media, along with “cryptic messages,” could lead to a court confiscating their guns under proposed legislation that he supports.

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

SpaceX Fires Employees Who Circulated Letter Calling Musk an “Embarrassment” And Seeking “Inclusiveness”

SpaceX reportedly does not take kindly to criticizing the man at the top, Elon Musk. The space exploration company reportedly fired several of its employees who “helped write and distribute an open letter criticizing the behavior of CEO Elon Musk,” according to Bloomberg.

The letter was circulated with the point of calling on executives to make the company’s work culture “more inclusive”. “At least five employees” were fired, Reuters added, with the news being confirmed by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.

Shotwell said in an email this week that the company had investigated and “terminated a number of employees involved” in writing and circulating the critical letter.

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

Surprising Number of Younger Americans Think Assassinating Political Opponent is Okay

A recently released poll found that almost half of male Democrats under the age of 50 said it was acceptable to assassinate political opponents.

Forty-four percent of the “younger Democratic men” surveyed in the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) poll approved of “assassinating a politician who is harming the country or our democracy.” …

34% of younger Republican men approved of the statement. Forty percent of younger Republican women approved, along with 32% of younger Democratic women, according to the poll.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Top FBI Agent “Violated Bureau Policy” by Having “Unauthorized Contacts” With Journalists, Accepting Free Tickets to Dinner Events

Authored by Katabella Roberts via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A top agent in the FBI violated the agency’s policy by having “unauthorized contacts” with reporters, according to a Department of Justice report.

The partially-redacted report (pdf), which was obtained by Free Beacon through the Freedom of Information Act, states that now-retired agent Michael Steinbach broke numerous bureau rules when he met with and communicated with reporters between 2014 and 2016 “in violation of the Public Affairs (PA) manual” and the FBI media relations policy guide.

Steinbach served as an executive assistant director at the FBI’s national security branch during the same time the bureau was investigating alleged ties between former President Donald Trump and Russia and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. He retired in February 2017.

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

Trump Indicates He May Pardon Some Jan. 6 Defendants Should He Return to Office

Former President Donald Trump on Friday said he would consider pardoning some defendants facing federal charges for their participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot should he return to office in 2024.

Speaking to a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Nashville, Trump said “and if I become president someday, if I decide to do it, I will be looking at them very very seriously for pardons,” per the Epoch Times.

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US Capitol Police Arrest Stephen Colbert Staffers at House Office Building, Charged With Illegal Entry

The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a group of staffers with CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” after they allegedly illegally entered a U.S. House of Representatives office building on Thursday night, Fox News has learned.

The group of nine people were arrested in the Longworth House Office Building after being escorted out of the Jan. 6 committee hearing earlier in the day because they did not have proper press credentials, according to sources.

The same group resurfaced later on Thursday night after the Capitol complex was closed to public visitors and Fox News is told that they took videos and pictures around the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.

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US Marshals Arrest 24 of Portland’s Most Violent Criminals

US Marshals and local law enforcement agencies arrested 24 individuals in the Portland, OR, metro area last week following an intense weeklong operation targeting the area’s most violent criminals.

“Operation Safer Multnomah” targeted and arrested criminals that were wanted on a plethora of violent charges that include murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, and assaults, according to the US Marshals Service.

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Video: NY Post Correspondent Accuses White House of ‘Blacklisting’ Reporters They Don’t Like

A New York Post reporter implied Thursday that the White House is actively ‘blacklisting’ correspondents and outlets they don’t like from events.

The Post’s Steven Nelson told Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre “For more than a year now the White House press office has been having … press events in the state room, state dining room, the executive office building,” adding that “There’s a process where people are selected and able to go into these presidential events where the president often takes questions.”

Nelson continued, “The correspondence association has tried in vain to figure out how this process works,” adding that “overtime it has kind of morphed into a kind of black list where certain large media outlets such as my own are—,”

He was then cut off by Jean-Pierre who expressed shock at the use of the term ‘black list’ and feigned ignorance.

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Violent Crimes, Overdoses Skyrocket After Portland Decriminalizes Drugs

Drug overdoses have skyrocketed in the state of Oregon following the passing of Measure 110 in November of 2020, a measure that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, meth, and cocaine.

Data revealed that drug overdose deaths in the state of Oregon shattered records in 2021 with 1069 recorded cases of overdoses, a 41 percent increase since the passage of the measure, according to Fox News.

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Watch: Trump Declares US Faces ‘Greatest Danger’ From Americans Seeking to Destroy it ‘From Within’

Former President Donald Trump took to the stage at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Tennessee on Friday to declare that conservatives will take back the nation in the November midterm elections.

Trump’s speech centered around fundamental conservative American values like faith and freedom, and stressed the stakes of the upcoming midterm elections.

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Watch: Rand Paul Slams Fauci for ‘Not Having Any Evidence’ To Back COVID Boosters for Kids

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Thursday confronted Biden’s Covid czar Anthony Fauci, who recently contracted Covid, over the Biden administration’s latest recommendation that everyone, including children, get vaccine booster shots for Covid.

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Watch: Tim Pool Blasts Twitter for Suspending MythinformedMKE

On Thursday’s Timcast IRL, Tim Pool broke down the latest case of Twitter’s authoritarian overreach of suppressing speech, the suspending the account of MythinformedMKE. He used it to show why Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media giant is important.

Pool read out The Post Millennial’s reporting on Twitter suspending the popular anti-woke account after a complaint by Desmond the Amazing’s mother, which details the series of events that resulted in the suspension for a DMCA, or copyright strike.

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Why the Sudden Rash of Food Processing Plant Fires?

Joe Biden … may have just leaked yet another Deep State Game plan when on March 24th of this year he predicted a global food shortage…

One month later to the day on April 24th, the FBI chimes in on the issue with a new warning. The FBI’s Cyber Division issued a warning about potential cyberattacks on agricultural cooperatives and food processing plants…

The FBI warns, “A significant disruption of grain … and corn production could impact commodities trading and stocks.”

This warning comes as an increasing number of events of fires and explosions have been reported at food processing facilities across the country recently featured during a segment on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on April 22.

[Over 2 dozen food processing plant fires and explosions are listed since 2021 although only 1 food processing fire was listed for all of 2019 and 2020.]

Further to this point, a significant portion of them were meat processing plants, not wheat processing plants! Those who know fire science know that grain dust is known to cause flash fires and explosions more so than raw meat has ever been known to start fires…

Many of these incidents started late at night after workers had gone home for the day.

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Woke Hawaii Teacher Busted for Grooming 13-Year-Old, Sexually Assaulting Him on Video

A teacher from Hawaii admitted to recording himself having sex with a 13-year-old student and sharing the footage, along with hundreds of other images and videos depicting child pornography.

Alden Bunag first appeared in court on Thursday in Honolulu, and remains in custody.

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Yellowstone Floods — Lodge Floats Down Yellowstone River (Photos)

Yellowstone National Park experienced record flooding, rockslides and hazardous conditions Monday, prompting evacuation orders for nearby residents and efforts to rescue stranded visitors…

Yellowstone River … rose to an unprecedented level, over 2 feet higher than its previous all-time record flood in 1918, according to the NWS.

The Montana National Guard cited reports of helicopters being sent to Roscoe and Cooke City to evacuate 12 individuals due to the flooding. It’s still unclear how many visitors are stranded.

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Andrew Lawton’s Upcoming Book on the Freedom Convoy is Already a Best-Seller

On a recent episode of the The Gunn Show, we sat down with True North‘s senior journalist Andrew Lawton (follow @AndrewLawton on Twitter) to discuss his new book on the events of the Freedom Convoy. It’s already a number one best-seller on Amazon and it’s not even released yet.

Andrew’s book, The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shook the World, is set to be released on June 24, 2022 and as of June 13, 2022, it had already hit the top spot on Amazon Canada in International Politics and by the morning of June 14, it was number one in Politics and Government.

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Canada’s Top Military Leaders Systematically Removed Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Canada’s military police have charged recently retired Lt.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu — who had been tapped to lead the army late last year — with two counts of sexual assault…

Global News has confirmed the charges stem from an alleged rape dating back to Cadieu’s time as a cadet at the Royal Military College Kingston in 1994. Cadieu is currently in Ukraine where he has been serving as a senior advisor to the Ukrainian military…

Cadieu had been expected to take over command of the Canadian Army last year but the change of command ceremony was postponed as a result of the launch of an investigation into allegations against him in October 2021. In a statement at the time, Cadieu denied the allegations — saying they must be thoroughly investigated…

Retired Gen. Jonathan Vance pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to get a woman who had made allegations against him to make false statements to military police. He received a conditional discharge.

Vance was chief of the defence staff until early 2021, when the command passed to now-retired Adm. Art McDonald, who faced an investigation into a sexual misconduct allegation against him within weeks of coming into the role.

McDonald stepped aside temporarily during the investigation, then was replaced permanently… McDonald was not charged…

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, former head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, has also been charged with sexual assault by Quebec prosecutors. He denies the allegation.

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Danielle Smith Says She’ll Introduce an “Alberta Sovereignty Act” On First Day as Premier

United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership candidate Danielle Smith says that if elected, she will propose legislation that would give Alberta the power to refuse the enforcement of federal laws or policies if it feels the law attacks the province’s interests.

Smith pledges to introduce the “Alberta Sovereignty Act” on her first day as premier.

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House of Commons to Lift Vaccine Mandate, Conservatives Say “It’s About Time”

The House of Commons’ vaccine mandate will be ending on Monday, Jun. 20 — the same day as the federal mandates for domestic and outbound travel and civil servants.

Trudeau’s house leader Mark Holland put forward a motion on Thursday to end the mandate on the House of Commons precinct. The motion received unanimous support.

In response to the mandate being lifted, Conservative house leader John Brassard told True North “it’s about time that the federal government follow the rest of the world as we get back to some normalcy.”

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Interview: Derek Smith, Best-Selling Author of ‘How the Prime Minister Stole Freedom’

How the Prime Minister stole Freedom is currently the number one top seller on Amazon. The author Derek Smith wanted to find a way to laugh at everything that has happened over the last two years.

Smith decided to write a book made for children as well as adults to illustrate in a parody what happened with the Freedom Convoy. He also mentioned the incident of Alexa Lavoie with the RCMP, when she was shot point blank by riot police.

Derek Smith wrote the book in partnership with Kaede Knipe, a young 18-year-old woman who always loved to draw and wanted to express herself. Derek Smith mentioned that he never thought he would one day see his government or his country becoming what it has. How the Prime Minister stole Freedom is a book that illustrates in a funny way what we were able to witness during the Freedom Convoy.

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Lawyer Challenging Mandates Says Government Must be Held Accountable

On Tuesday, the Liberal government announced they would be suspending their vaccine requirement for air and rail travel passengers. Though it may seem like a big victory for Canadians, attorney Keith Wilson says the battle still isn’t over. He joined True North’s Andrew Lawton to discuss his ongoing challenge against the federal vaccine mandate, the legality of travel restrictions, and why the government must be held accountable.

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Liberals Block Release of Data to Justify Travel Restrictions

The Liberals blocked a motion calling on Ottawa to provide all documents used to justify restricting travel for Canadians during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, during Thursday’s House of Commons transport committee, NDP MP Taylor Bachrach sponsored a motion requesting “a copy of all relevant documents containing public health advice and scientific modeling received by the Minister of Transport” used to justify quarantines, masking, mandatory vaccination and other measures.

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Watch: Maxime Bernier Discusses Threat of Globalism in Canada

Last Monday, June 13th, in Montreal, a conference was held to discuss the increasing threat of globalism in Canada. The panelists were Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Adrien Pouliot, ex-leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, and Julie Lévesque, an independent journalist. The moderator of the debate was Samuel Grenier, a well-known Quebec influencer on the internet.

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YouTube Posts Video Explaining What Bill C-11 Could Mean for Creators on Its Platform

Under the new legislation, YouTube could be forced by regulators to put a required number of Canadian videos in front of Canadian users to meet arbitrary Can-con rules.

YouTube’s Director of Product, Todd Beaupré is worried that the Online Streaming Act (C-11) would cause a negative feedback loop.

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As PM Orban Extends Fuel and Food Caps, EU Countries Follow Hungary’s Lead to Combat Cost of Living Crisis

Several European countries have followed the lead of Viktor Orban’s Hungarian government with the introduction of price freezes on fuel and food to help combat the cost of living crisis slamming the continent.

Hungary first introduced a price cap on gas and diesel of 480 forints per liter (€1.20 at the current exchange rate) from Nov. 15, 2021, for an initial three-month period.

The food cap policy was first introduced by the Hungarian government on Jan. 12, which saw the prices for six basic food groups — sugar, wheat flour, sunflower oil, pork leg, chicken breast and milk — frozen at their Oct. 15, 2021 level to help citizens cope with rising inflation.

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EU to Produce 100,000 Tons of Windmill Blade Waste by 2025

America buries them, and Europe too will have a waste mountain of no less than 100 000 tons of non-recyclable windmill blades by 2025. Photos of buried windmill blades have been circulating on social media in recent days.

“It is urgent time for a solution,” said Linde De Vriese of Siris research center on Belgian radio.

Within a few years, the first blades in Europe will need to be replaced. De Vriese expected the peak at around 2040. “That will take another 20 years, but now is the time to think about possible solutions, because we don’t have them yet.”

Biologist Richard Steenvoorden responded: “Stop building windmills and start with ordinary nuclear power plants now, and bet on thorium later. In this way we ensure an energy-secure future. Stop pollution through the fairy tale of ‘renewable energy’ and save on waste and land use.”

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France: Change at Any Cost? 40 Per Cent of Le Pen Voters May Vote for the Far-Left This Weekend

Around 40 per cent of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally supporters say they will vote for the far-left NUPES coalition if the only other option is President Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble Citoyens bloc.

A poll released this week has suggested that as many as 40 per cent of National Rally (RN) voters will be voting for the far-left the New Ecologic and Social People’s Union (NUPES) bloc led by Jean-Luc Melenchon in second-round run-off votes this Sunday for the French parliamentary elections if the race is between NUPES and Macron’s centrist bloc.

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French Police Arrest Far-Left Extremist Linked to Estimated 60 Car Burnings

Earlier this week, French anti-terrorist police arrested a man in his 40s who is believed to have been behind at least sixty car burnings since 2017, many of the vehicles belonging to public companies.

The man, who was not identified by name, was arrested last weekend and has been placed in pre-trial detention after being accused of setting at least 60 vehicles on fire since 2017, many of them belonging to various companies, including telecommunications companies.

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Germany to Make Mask Mandates Permanent Every Winter

Germany wants to make masks permanent in winter.

Not just this year, every year!

There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program.

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Left-Wing UK Parties Demand “Health Misinformation” Controls be Added to Controversial “Online Safety Bill”

In technology, what UK’s legislators have been doing with the long time coming, and equally very controversial Online Safety Bill, would be referred to as “feature creep.”

In technology, it means that a product is getting additions and having its scope broadened well beyond any original plans. The latest goings-on around Online Safety Bill are eerily reminiscent of such a circumstance.

And, “complex and incoherent” is how groups like Article 19 described the bill even before this latest development.

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Lockdown Forever! EU Votes to Extend COVID Cert Until 2023

Officials from the European Union’s Civil Liberties committee have voted to approve the extension of the bloc’s usage of its transnational COVID certificate until 2023.

Although public discourse has largely moved on to the issues of the Ukraine war and the ongoing cost of living crisis, the EU is still seemingly quite concerned about the COVID-19 virus, with the bloc’s Civil Liberties committee voting on Thursday to extend its transnational COVID certificate’s usage for another 12 months.

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Milestone Jab Judgment in France Marks ‘Global Turnaround’

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal recently ruled that KLM was not allowed to ask about the vaccination status of new pilots. The ruling stated that KLM must immediately end these practices under risk of a penalty of 100 000 euros per violation.

According to the Dutch judge, among other things, there was no operational necessity for such a decision.

Last week, the Paris Labor Court [Conseil de Prud’hommes, ed.] ruled that the decision to fire an unvaccinated nurse, even without severance pay, was illegal. The nurse has her job back and she also received compensation.

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Moment Furious Italian Motorists Drag Extinction Rebellion Protesters Away to Let Traffic Pass After Activists Staged a Sit-in Blockade of One of Rome’s Busiest Roads

This is the moment Extinction Rebellion activists were forcibly removed by furious Italian motorists after they blocked a busy motorway in Rome on Thursday.

Demonstrating over environmental issues, the protesters sat in a row across Rome’s Raccordo — the city’s main ring-road and one of its busiest — holding banners.

A video shot from the side of the two-lane road showed the demonstrators using road-block protest tactics also used in Britain, causing a huge traffic jam to snake back as far as the eye could see, with no police officers or vehicles in sight.

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Orban Vows to Dismiss Policies That ‘Threaten to Impoverish Hungarian Families’ In Response to Meps’ Letter

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has hit back at a letter addressed to him by 44 MEPs, which directly accused his government of backing Russia in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

In the letter, dated June 14, MEPs expressed their dismay at the Hungarian government for securing an exemption on the latest energy sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union, claiming that “the exemption for Russian oil pipelines will continue to finance Russia’s war crimes against Ukraine.”

The European lawmakers further lament what they describe to be “the unfortunate prioritization of national economic gain and personal political interests to the detriment of the lives of the Ukrainian people.”

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Polish PM Hits Back at ‘Illogical’ Criticism From Opposition for Not Joining Kyiv Visit With Scholz and Macron

Polish opposition politicians have criticized the Polish government for not being present in Kyiv with European leaders from Germany, France, Italy, and Romania on Thursday, despite government leaders heading to the Ukrainian capital three months ago.

Grzegorz Schetyna, the former leader of Poland’s main opposition Civic Platform, tweeted that “the absence of PM Morawiecki is striking” as photos emerged of German Chancellor Scholz, French President Macron, Italian Prime Minister Draghi, and Romanian President Iohannis visiting Kyiv.

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Rheinmetall Unveils New German ‘Super Tank’

Germany’s leading armaments manufacturer Rheinmetall has landed a surprise coup at the Eurosatory 2022 armaments fair. It presented the public with a complete new main battle tank, which is being touted as a technical answer to the world’s currently most advanced tank, the Russian T-14, also known as the Armata.

The new tank project operates under the product code KF51 — but Rheinmetall presented the new tank to the public under a surprising name: Panther. Its forerunner was used during the Second World War.

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Spain: Average Age of First-Time Mothers Rises to 33-Years-Old

The average age of Spanish first-time mothers has risen to 33 years old, up a full year from just a decade ago as the country faces plummeting birth rates and a demographic crisis.

Spanish women are waiting even longer to become first-time mothers than in previous years, with the average first-time mother now 33 years old according to statistics from 2021 now published by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics.

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The World Economic Forum and World Trade Organization Push “Global Digital Identity of Persons and Objects”

The World Economic Forum’s obsession with not only merely digitization, but digitalization as a means of tracking and control, is manifest in yet another document that has come out of the group.

This time, the WEF is joined by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in drafting their thoughts on what the future of trade, but also, when all’s said and done — humanity — should look like.

The joint report, The Promise of TradeTech: Policy Approaches to Harness Trade Digitalization, came out in April, and addresses end-to-end trade digitization to include a digital ID certification framework that would, needless to say, be global — and apply to physical and digital objects, but also, people, i.e., natural persons.

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UK Blocks Labour Lawmaker That Wanted News Outlets to Register With Dystopian Regulator

UK Ministers have blocked an amendment proposed by a Labour MP that would have required news outlets to register with a dystopian independent regulator. The amendment was tabled by MP Kim Leadbeater under the Online Safety Bill, a proposed legislation that is already bad enough, focused on cracking down on “hate speech” and other “harmful” content on the internet.

Leadbeater’s amendment proposed that “all print and online media seeking to benefit from the exemption should be independently regulated.” Critics noted it was similar to the Leveson inquiry of 2014, which recommended the formation of a state-approved regulator for the press.

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UK Home Secretary Decides to Extradite Julian Assange to the US

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of Wikileaks founder and journalist Julian Assange to the US. Assange has 14 days to appeal the decision and he will.

Wikileaks is a whistleblowing website that publishes classified materials obtained from anonymous sources. Assange is wanted by the US because in 2010 and 2011 he published classified documents about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, exposing alleged US war crimes. The US claims that the leaked documents endangered lives and violated the law.

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UK: Letters to the Editor Report Weather Modification and Smelly Chemtrails

A reader from rural Worcestershire writes that in an area that has little air traffic there is a “sky full of contrails.” When this happens it seems to change the weather from what was forecast.

Another reader witnessed and smelt chemtrails released over Exmoor National Park. He wants the UK government to inform the public who it is that permits our air space to be used by people to spray us with toxic materials…

I live in rural Worcestershire where there is very little overfly and yet I have a sky full of “contrails.” Ironically and not surprisingly this is a heavily farmed county and I expect much lower crop yields because sunshine is constantly reduced by their actions…

Yours sincerely,

C. Williams, Worcestershire, England

[ As crazy as this sounds, the Daily Mail reported a little more than a year before the pandemic that the seemingly mad man Bill Gates has been funding Harvard scientists to spray chemtrails to block the sunlight and modify the weather:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6453143/Scientists-copy-effects-huge-volcano-eruption-fight-global-warming-2-3m-study.html

At the same time, in the U.S. CBS News reported their plan involved “a fleet of 100 planes making 4,000 worldwide missions per year” and “In year one, there would be 4,000 missions, increasing to just over 60,000 per year” in an effort to dim the sun and to change weather:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/geoengineering-treatment-stratospheric-aerosol-injection-climate-change-study-today-2018-11-23/ ]

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UK: Live: Weekend of Protests in Bristol City Centre Set to Cause Disruption

A weekend of protests will hit Bristol city centre as activists are set to cause disruption. Action by climate protesters began in the city centre at about 12.45pm today (Saturday, June 18).

The protest involved short ‘roadblocks’ halting traffic for minutes at a time, in two separate locations. Youth Climate Swarm organised the protest with support from Extinction Rebellion Youth Bristol, and about a dozen people assembled at midday in Queen Square. Motorists responded angrily as they blocked their first location at the bottom of Redcliffe Bridge for six or seven minutes, beeping their horns and swearing abuse.

The second location was on the cobbled road approaching Prince Street Bridge, with just one car driver held up and patiently waiting as they blocked the cobbled road for just three minutes, chanting about democracy and bus travel. Extinction Rebellion Youth Bristol (XRYB) also dropped banners today and covered adverts at about 30 bus stops with information about their campaign.

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UK’s Gatwick Airport Cancels 4,000 Flights Until September Due to ‘Staff Shortages’

The UK’s Gatwick Airport has cancelled 4,000 flights until September due to staffing shortages meaning that at 800,000 people will have to find alternative travel arrangements.

The country’s second-busiest airport is planning to limit its number of daily flights to 825 in July and 850 in August, as compared to a reported 900 daily flights during the same time period in previous years.

Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate explained that the cap aims to tackle high numbers of same-day cancellations. The airport agreed upon the restrictions with such air carriers as easyJet, Wizz and British Airways, with Wingate insisting that passengers on cancelled flights will be rebooked on different departures.

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University Rector Says Viking Ships May Collapse in 5 or 50 Years if New Museum is Delayed

The future is still uncertain for Norway’s Viking ships after budget agreement.

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Droughts in the Sixth Century Paved the Way for Islam

Extreme dry conditions contributed to the decline of the ancient South Arabian kingdom of Himyar. Researchers from the University of Basel have reported these findings in the journal Science. Combined with political unrest and war, the droughts left behind a region in disarray, thereby creating the conditions on the Arabian peninsula that made possible the spread of the newly emerging religion of Islam.

On the plateaus of Yemen, traces of the Himyarite Kingdom can still be found today: terraced fields and dams formed part of a particularly sophisticated irrigation system, transforming the semi-desert into fertile fields. Himyar was an established part of South Arabia for several centuries.

However, despite its former strength, during the sixth century CE the kingdom entered into a period of crisis, which culminated in its conquest by the neighboring kingdom of Aksum (now Ethiopia). A previously overlooked factor, namely extreme drought, may have been decisive in contributing to the upheavals in ancient Arabia from which Islam emerged during the seventh century. These findings were recently reported by researchers led by Professor Dominik Fleitmann in the journal Science.

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German Authorities Investigating Several Hundred Possible Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

German authorities are investing several hundred possible war crimes committed by Russian personnel in Ukraine, a top police official said.

Holger Muench, chief of the BKA federal police, told The Welt am Sonntag newspaper in an article published on June 18 that “up to now, we have received a triple-digit number of leads” concerning potential war crimes.

Muench said the probes do not only cover those suspected of directly committing war crimes but also political or military officials who may have ordered them.

“It’s the most difficult part of our inquiry, intricate puzzle work,” told the newspaper. “Our clear goal is to identify those responsible for atrocities, to prove their actions through our investigations, and bring them to justice,” including in Germany…

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Only Ukraine Should Decide on Talks With Russia, Says Polish Foreign Minister

Any decision to concede territory and engage in a negotiated peace settlement with Russia should be left solely to Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said when asked about the visit to Kyiv of Western European leaders on Thursday.

During his own visit to the Albanian capital of Tirana, Rau told journalists that “undoubtedly, we need to express satisfaction that in the fourth month of the war, those gentlemen established a common agenda and went to Kyiv. It is very valuable in relations with Ukraine,” he added.

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Putin: Unipolar Order Has Ended, West Headed for “Change of Elites” As Russia Emerges Stronger

Update(11:00am ET) Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed in further remarks given before the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that anti-Russian sanctions have only come back to hurt the people of the EU and the West broadly, amid soaring gas and food prices, inflation fears, and severe supply chain shortages. He declared the end of the unipolar world as we know it, saying, “Over the past decades, new powerful centers have been formed on the planet […] each of them develops their own political system and public institutions, implements their own models of economic growth, and, of course, has the right to protect themselves, to ensure national sovereignty. We are talking about real processes, about truly revolutionary, tectonic changes in geopolitics, global economy, the technological sphere, in the entire system of international relations”.

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Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (June 17)

As Friday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union came one step closer as the EU’s executive arm recommended giving Ukraine official candidate status. Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission head, tweeted: “Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards.” EU leaders will take up the recommendation later this month, but membership in the bloc can take years to formalize.

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a scathing critique of the United States, saying the U.S. was to blame for a crisis in global relations, food security, inflation and trade. In his speech at Russia’s annual economic forum, Putin presented his country as part of a new global order willing to challenge an America clinging to its past status as the world’s lone superpower. He also said he had no objection to Ukraine’s bid for EU membership because it isn’t a military organization.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and offered “major” military training and continued aid. It was Johnson’s second visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country.

Ukraine won this year’s Eurovision song contest, but won’t be hosting the competition next year due to the war. The European Broadcasting Union, which operates Eurovision, announced “with deep regret” that hosting next year’s contest in Ukraine is not a viable option. Britain, this year’s runner-up, is now the possible 2023 host. Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said on Twitter that his country didn’t agree with the EBU’s decision and posted a statement saying, “We demand additional negotiations on hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine.”

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Afghanistan: Deadly Explosion Rocks Sikh Site in Kabul

An assault on a Sikh prayer site in Afghanistan has left one worshipper and a Taliban member dead as well as the unidentified attackers.

The site in the capital Kabul was hit by a bomb early in the morning when up to 30 people were inside.

It is the last remaining Sikh place of worship, or Gurdwara, in the capital.

Community leaders recently estimated that just 140 Sikhs remained in predominantly Muslim Afghanistan, down from 100,000 in the 1970s.

India, which is home to most of the world’s Sikh population, said it was “deeply concerned” at news of the attack.

A local official at the scene, Gornam Singh, told Reuters news agency that the Taliban were not allowing Sikhs to enter the site after the attack…

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Afghanistan: Sikh Temple Attacked by Jihadi Militants in Kabul. 2 Killed, Several Injured

2 killed in attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan Shahib in Afghan capital Kabul by Jihadi Militants.

Sarabjit Singh Khalsa | HENB | New Delhi | June 18, 2022:: At least two persons were killed and seven sustained injuries in an attack on gurdwara in Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, following a blast in a car loaded with explosives, officials said. There was, however, no immediate claim of responsibility.

A Taliban spokesman said attackers had laden a car with explosives but it had detonated before reaching its target. Taliban authorities were securing the site, he added. “There were around 30 people inside the temple,” said gurdwara official Gornam Singh. “We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many dead.”

The Taliban were not allowing gurdwara authorities inside, Singh said.

The ministry of external affairs has expressed concern over reports of the attack. “We are deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurudwara in that city. We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet…

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India: Maharashtra: Hindu Man Assaulted by Muslim Men Over Status Message Supporting Suspended BJP Leader Nupur Sharma on Her Prophet Remarks

Three Muslim men have been arrested in connection with the assault, said an official of MIDC police station in Solapur.

Savitri Punalekar | HENB | Pune | June 17, 2022:: A 26-year-old Hindu man was allegedly assaulted by a group of Jihadi Muslims in Maharashtra’s Solapur city over a status message supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, as gathered from the police source on Thursday.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the assault, said an official of MIDC police station in Solapur.

Narendra Sriram, the complainant, changed his WhatsApp status message on June 11 to support Sharma whose controversial comment about Prophet Mohammad had kicked up a huge row, the official said.

“Some of the accused, who are Sriram’s friends, got angry and abused him. He apologised and the matter was resolved. But on June 13, the four main accused and others allegedly assaulted him near his house,” the official said.

Sriram managed to run away from the spot, he added.

Police registered a case against Nisar Sayyad, Nouhid, Wasim Pathan, Altaf Shaikh and five or six unidentified persons.

Three of the accused have been arrested and an investigation is on, the official said. Police is also finding their connection with any Jihadi group or Islamist organizations to spread any further communal situation in and around the city.

It’s an irony that the ‘frightened’ and ‘peace loving’ minority community people are attacking and rampaging on majority Hindu people in India on Nupur Sharma row here and there.

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India: Hindu Head Constable Dharambir Yadav Killed by Jihadi Beef Mafia in Kushinagar

Upendra Bharti | HENB | Lucknow | June 17, 2022:: Another Hindu cop has been killed in the war against the lethal cattle smuggling racket that has spread its tentacles across the country and has major sponsors in the left-liberal Lutyens’ lobby, which wields enormous control over our government and judiciary. These cattle smuggling rackets and beef traders are connected with various format of bloody Jihad and cross-border smuggling network related to illegal drug and arms business.

When the beef mafia crushed Head Constable Dharmabir Yadav under their vehicle in a cold-blooded manner, he made the ultimate sacrifice. After obtaining information about cattle smugglers going through on NH-28, he was part of a police crew erecting roadblocks to apprehend the smugglers’ vehicle.

Blood Stains

The event occurred at Kushinagar district’s Jokwa Bazaar, Turkpatti police station area. The police squad conducting the checks included Head Constable Dharambir of Tarya Sujan police station. He flagged down a suspicious vehicle to come to a halt. The experienced offenders slammed the truck into the police crew at great speeds. Constable Dharambir was killed on the spot, but the accused were able to flee in their vehicle. As per Amar Ujala, the vehicle was loaded with cattle.

Senior officials raced to the scene, and a special squad was formed to track down the perpetrators. SHO While speaking to the media about Dharambir Yadav, Kapil Dev Chaudhari of Tarya Sujan police station turned emotional. He described him as “extremely effective at promoting community policing and creating informer networks.”

As per Dainik Bhaskar, the cattle smuggling mafia has been operating for many decades in Kushinagar and has attacked police personnel in the past too. There have been multiple encounters between police and cattle smugglers.

Govt in Uttar Pradesh is trying hard to curb the cow smuggling and beef trading rackets in the state, but the same rackets are growing in many places with Islamic support and Jihadi Terrorism.

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China’s New Way of War

Since 2019, China has been pursuing a new concept of war, known as “intelligentized warfare.” The idea is to operationalize artificial intelligence (AI) and the use of unmanned platforms (such as drones) in a way that subdues the enemy, ultimately without having to resort to conventional “hot” warfare. According to the 2019 Annual Report to Congress, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China,” written by the Office of the Secretary of Defense:

“The PLA is … exploring next-generation operational concepts for intelligentized warfare, such as attrition warfare by intelligent swarms, cross-domain mobile warfare, AI-based space confrontation and cognitive control operations. The PLA considers unmanned systems to be critical intelligentized technologies, and is pursuing greater autonomy for unmanned aerial, surface, and underwater vehicles to enable manned and unmanned hybrid formations, swarm attacks, optimized logistic support and disaggregated ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] among other capabilities.” [Emphasis added.]

What sets China apart in its pursuit of “intelligentized warfare” is not its focus on AI and drone swarming — the US Army, Air Force, and the Navy are all pursuing drone swarm projects and the U.S. Marine Corps is working on so-called kamikaze drone swarms — but the cognitive aspects of intelligentized warfare.

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W.H.O. Admits Lockdowns Resulted in Dramatic Rise in Mental Health Problems

The World Health Organization (WHO) has admitted that the very lockdown policies it advocated for have been instrumental in a drastic increase in mental health issues on a global scale.

In a report published on Friday, the World Health Organization claimed that anxiety and depression rose globally by a staggering 25 per cent in the first year of Chinese coronavirus lockdowns, alone. As a result, the report estimated that over one billion people worldwide are now suffering from mental health issues.

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Australia’s Energy Crisis Worsens as Gov’t Ask People to Keep Lights Off to Avert Blackouts

Australia’s energy minister asked Sydney and the New South Wales (eastern part of the country) residents to turn off lights and energy-intensive appliances in the evening to prevent power blackouts due to an ongoing energy crunch, The Independent reports.

The federal energy minister, Chris Bowen, asked residents in a televised address to turn off energy-intensive devices between “6 to 8 [pm]” to mitigate risks of a spike in power during peak hours. He pointed to several offline coal-fired plants because of maintenance and unexpected issues.

Reuters notes that 65% of eastern Australia’s power is generated by coal, but more than a quarter of that capacity is offline.

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COVID Surveillance Tech Remains Open to Exploitation

During the pandemic, governments all over the world rolled out data tracking technologies, especially contact-tracing apps.

According to technology policy experts, these technologies opened opportunities for corporations and governments to harvest data without people’s consent.

In early June, it was revealed that the government of the Australian state of Victoria used a data agency to track the everyday activities of Victorians, beyond what was required for Covid.

According to The Herald Sun, Insights Victoria, the data agency the government used, collected sensitive, public, and “commercial-in-confidence” data in an effort to be the “single truth source” for the government. Victoria Premier Dan Andrews’ staff, the police chief commissioner, the emergency management commissioner, and the chief health officer had full access to the data.

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Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 15 Suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List at the Southern Border

Border Patrol agents at the U.S. southern border apprehended 15 people last month who were on the FBI’s terrorist watchlist.

That figure is a record for number of people caught on the watch list any month, and equal to the total number apprehended during all of the previous year.

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Finland Prepares for Possible ‘Hybrid Warfare’ Migrant Surge at Russian Border

The Finnish government is developing various legislative policies and amendments to be able to handle a possible surge of illegal immigrants and close the border with Russia while suspending asylum applications.

The Finnish Parliament’s Administrative Committee is looking to make changes to the Emergency Powers Act and the Border Guard Act in order to better prepare the country for a possible surge of illegal crossing attempts if Russia sends illegals to the border and engages in the so-called “hybrid warfare” used by Belarus against Poland last year.

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French Police Open Fire on Truckload of Migrants During Pursuit Near Italian Border

A wild police pursuit involving a truck carrying illegal aliens ended after French police opened fire on the vehicle, killing an African migrant, according to reports.

The dangerous incident unfolded on Tuesday night along the border of Italy and France near the city of Nice.

A refrigerated cargo truck blew through a checkpoint in Italy and entered French territory at high speed.

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Indictment Unsealed Charging Terrorism, Fraud, Identity Theft and Immigration Offenses

HOUSTON — A 24-year-old former Iraqi refugee has been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery and Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division (DOJ-NSD).

Abdulrahman Mohammed Hafedh Alqaysi made his initial appearance in federal court today. Also charged are his cousin Mohammed (aka Moe) Amer Faisal Al Qaysi, 26, another former Iraqi refugee, and Hami Jamshid aka Jamshid Ahmadzai, 32, a naturalized U.S. citizen. Hafedh Al Qaysi, Faisal Al Qaysi and Jamshid resided in Richmond, Houston and Sugar Land, respectively.

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UK: Controversial Refugee Facility in Small Village of Just 700 Residents Recruiting Staff Despite Government Claiming it’s “On Hold”

Despite the government claiming plans are “on hold” for 1500 refugees to be housed at an asylum center in a village of just 700 residents, hundreds of employees are already being recruited to staff the facility.

As we previously highlighted, following sustained protests from members of the community who weren’t initially even consulted when the government announced the plan, a scheme to host the 1500 migrants in the village was seemingly set to be abandoned.

Huge demonstrations drew attention to the fact that the demographic balance of the village would be completely destroyed and that it doesn’t have the services to cope with such a large influx of people.

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UK: Furious Priti Patel Claims European Judges Who Blocked Rwanda Migrant Flight at the 11th Hour Are ‘Anti-Tory’ And ‘Anti-Brexit’ As She Blasts ‘Scandalous’ Intervention and Vows to Overturn the Decision

Priti Patel has claimed that European human rights judges who blocked a migrant flight to Rwanda are ‘anti-Tory’ and ‘anti-Brexit’.

The Home Secretary, whose parents were Ugandan Indian immigrants to Britain, blasted the ‘scandalous’ intervention and vowed to overturn the decision while also making clear her desire to leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The inaugural removal flight to east Africa was cancelled shortly before it was due to take off on Tuesday following an 11th-hour intervention by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) — despite the UK Supreme Court’s initial green light.

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UK: Illegal Migrants to be Electronically Tagged to Stop Them ‘Disappearing Into the Country’

Some migrants who have been caught illegally entering Britain via boats across the English Channel or in the backs of lorries will be electronically tagged in order to prevent them from disappearing into the country.

After losing track of tens of thousands of alleged asylum seekers who absconded from migration centres, the Home Office has begun a trial programme of tagging those who enter the country illegally.

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Americans’ Belief in God Hits New Low: Poll

Religion has long been ubiquitous in the United States, but a new Gallup poll shows belief in God is declining, especially among the younger generation.

Those who identify as left-wing show the sharpest decline, while for married conservatives, there has been essentially no change since the poll was last taken.

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FBI Investigating Attacks on Pregnancy Centers as Potential Acts of Domestic Violent Extremism

The FBI is investigating recent attacks on pregnancy centers ahead of a Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade as potential acts of domestic violent extremism, the bureau said Friday.

“The FBI is investigating a series of attacks and threats targeting pregnancy resource centers and faith-based organizations across the country,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI takes all threats seriously and we continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and will remain vigilant to protect our communities.”

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Iowa Supreme Court Rules State Constitution Doesn’t Guarantee Fundamental Right to Abortion

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday the Iowa Constitution does not guarantee a fundamental right to abortion.

The Court’s decision overruled its 2018 determination in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v Reynolds, which an Iowa Supreme Court judge had cited in striking down a law that required women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

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Maine Rules in Favor of Biological Male Who Seeks to be Housed With Women in Senior Care Facility

A Maine senior assisted living facility has agreed to establish policies and procedures regarding LGBTQ seniors following a discrimination case brought against a Jonesport facility by a 79-year-old biological male who identifies as transgender.

Marie King filed the complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission (MHRC) in October of 2021, alleging that Sunrise Assisted Living refused to admit King because King is transgender. King would have requested to be housed either with another female resident, or in a private room. King’s insurance did not provide for private accommodations. The facility was concerned that a female resident would object to be roomed with a biological male.

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Minnesota Pregnancy Center Vandalized by ‘Jane’s Revenge’: ‘We Should’Ve Done More’

A pro-life pregnancy center in Minneapolis, Minnesota was vandalized on Tuesday, and the group Jane’s Revenge has claimed responsibility for carrying out the act in an online post.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says in a Facebook post that their building was vandalized on Tuesday and posted pictures of graffiti plastered on the building as well as broken windows.

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New Rock Star Says “Sell Your Soul for Money and Fame” Later Says “It Only Gets Worse”

Charli XCX’s album “Crash” has been topping the charts… Since 2013, the English singer and songwriter released five albums to critical acclaim while winning industry trophies. However, despite her relative success, Charlie XCX still could not be called a “major pop star”…

In a rather blatant Instagram post, Charli writes

“tip for new artists: sell your soul for money and fame”

…Upon the release of Crash, a slew of music videos was released…

Both Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama are ready to take their careers to another level. But first, they have to partake in weird, ritualistic crap. The Beg For You video is all about that.

The video begins with Charli, Rina, and the coven of witches following some sort of spiritual leader. The coven is led to … a horned skull surrounded by a circle of sticks = Satanic ritual… Charli is given a sharp object which she squeezes until she bleeds. That blood drips into a pool of water. Then, the “spiritual guide” (or whatever) scoops up some of that blood water … and DRINKS IT… The initiation ritual is complete and another crappy video is released to the world…

But was it worth it? I’ll let Charli’s own Instagram post answer that question.

“tip for new artists: it only gets worse”

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NYC Mayor Adams Defends ‘Drag Storytellers’ In Libraries and Schools

On Thursday NYC Mayor Eric Adams released a statement defending “Drag Queen Story Hour” and said “Drag storytellers, and the libraries and schools that support them, are advancing a love of diversity, personal expression, and literacy that is core to what our city embraces.”

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Pro-Abortion Activists Call for Massive Unrest in the Streets if Roe is Overturned

Outside of the Supreme Court on Thursday, pro-abortion activists called for massive unrest and protests in streets across the country, as well as the end of capitalism if Roe v Wade is overturned.

In footage captured by Turning Point USA contributor Drew Hernandez, one woman was heard yelling for protestors to “be loud” and “disruptive” if the court ultimately decides against Roe v Wade in the coming weeks.

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UK’s Public-Funded BBC Told Journalists to Lobby Lawmakers on Trans Rights

The UK’s publicly funded broadcaster, the BBC, told journalists to lobby politicians for trans rights, something that violates the journalistic code of impartiality in the UK.

The training was revealed in the Stephen Nolan show on BBC. A trainee, who remained anonymous, said there was a slide in the training that encouraged them to use “their magical ally powers” to advocate for trans rights. The trainees were also “given a lot of different points of how allies could use their influence to affect trans rights for people.

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US Air Force Base Community Center Hosts Drag Time Story Hour After Initially Being Cancelled by Military

Less than a month after a US Air Force base in Germany cancelled a series of drag shows, including a Drag Queen Story Hour for kids, nearby army base Kleber Kaserne is hosting its own drag story time event, for kids.

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US Military Marches in Front of Pride Flag, No American Flag in Sight

The official Twitter account for US Air Force Recruiting posted a photo on June 17th of several cadets jogging while one in back held the LGBT pride flag with no American flag to be seen.

“Pride in all who serve,” the post read, accompanied by a rainbow flag emoji.

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Video: Pelosi Refuses to Condemn Violence, Death Threats Against Pregnancy Clinics, Pro Life Orgs

In comments to reporters Thursday, Nancy Pelosi refused to condemn violent attacks on pregnancy centres by leftist pro-abortion vandals that are currently being investigated by the FBI.

Pelosi was asked to comment on the attacks by a reporter who noted that there are concerns that Democrats’ failure to condemn the actions is making the situation worse.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/18/2022

  1. Ukrainian women discover the joys of culture enrichment in Sweden.

    “Swedish officials are warning Ukrainian women living in refugee centers not to dress in a way that might provoke men from “other cultures” — code for Muslim migrants, who, in Sweden, are mostly of the Somali variety — who reside in the same refugee center.

    And how do these hapless Ukrainian refugees dress, to prompt such a warning? According to Gitana Bengtsson, who has been helping them, “they usually dressed like us, you and me. There is nothing strange about it. They did not look like prostitutes. If those women lived in the city, no one would tell them how to dress.” Even so, and now that summer is near, the site manager has advised them not to wear shorts or skirts that reveal their body parts.”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/06/the_only_rape_where_the_left_says_victimblaming_is_okay.html

  2. https://kosarex.livejournal.com/5101499.html

    Poland decided to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but not with money, as they wanted, but with their own fighters.
    The fact is that since the beginning of the special operation, more than 7 million Ukrainians have left the country, 4 million have arrived in Poland. There are many men among them who prefer to “sit out on benefits” instead of trenches.

    The Poles did not appreciate this development of events and promised to return the Ukrainians liable for military service to their homeland, so that they would go to defend it. The deportation will start on June 27th. The authorities have given 10 days to ensure that the Garny lads leave the country, otherwise they themselves will send them to join the ranks of the Ukrainian army.

    Poland has already warned earlier that it is not going to pay for comfortable living for idlers and that it is time, if they want to stay in the country, to start looking for work. But the refugees, apparently, did not believe. And here the request of the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for reinforcements came in handy for Warsaw. And who should be sent to brothers in Russophobia? Not their own soldiers, the right word …

    Everything is much more serious than it seems, and outwardly civilized. Warned in advance – run to other countries. Then they first grab a bunch of unemployed grant-eaters. Others will face a choice – go underground, that is, refuse the grant and still be afraid of the arrival of the police, or run away. Then they can start arresting the workers and hand them over to Zelensky. As a result, our glorious non-brothers will be forced to understand that Poles’ dislike for Russians is not a sign of Poles’ love for Ukrainians.

  3. Re: Rheinmetall unveils new German “super tank”. Which they’re calling the “Panther”!

    (Non- tank enthusiasts, please skip this.) Pre-WW2, an American theorist proposed a radical rethinking of tank design. They should have a low profile (obvious- harder to see); the armour at the front and sides should be thick, and sloped or curved so shells would glance off; the tracks should be wide, so they’d be less likely to get bogged down; and the main gun should be large calibre, giving a longer range, so they could hit the enemy’s tanks first.

    The US and British militaries ignored all this; the Soviets didn’t, producing the T-34, early examples of which startled the Nazis; following their invasion, the factory making T-34s was relocated east of the Urals, and back in production within weeks.

    The Germans paid the Slav “untermenschen” the compliment of copying the T-34 with the Panther (introduced 1943), a near copy except that like most things they made, it was too much precision-engineered, so difficult to mass-produce, or to operate without failing, and spares had to be made to very high specs (great for making cars and machine tools postwar, but not then). The T-34 was rough and ready, not big on crew comfort, but they, like the tanks, were expendable; there were always more available.

    • This is an interesting problem. as I have observed what is going on Ukraine, it seems that the tank is not the advantage that one would expect from the experience of history. The problem is the advance in small missile power. A Russian tank column was heading toward Kiev and they were ambushed by infantry armed with such missiles. The tank column had to withdraw. Historically, the tanks would be sufficiently impervious to an infantry attack that they could easily overwhelm the defenders. So this suggests a much needed review of traditional tactics. I would recommend a return to the panzer grenadier units where the infantry would actually add cover for various tank maneuvers in a similar situation. On the one hand you need the tanks for the overall firepower, but the infantry could move in to route out well armed enemy infantry. Of course the irony is that the whole point of tank warfare is to avoid an infantry to infantry confrontation (think WW1). But if the tanks and infantry are used in a coordinated attack, there could still be an advantage.

      OK.. that is my questionable comment on future tank warfare.

      An additional question. Will the new Panthers utilize explosive pads to deflect incoming shells (think Israeli)?

    • Mark, Funny that the Panther killed 20 Russian T-34’s or more at the loss of a Panther and at greater ranges with 75mm high velocity gun. The bloody Soviets threw everything and the kitchen sink at the Germans with a loss rate of 20 or more to 1 in men . The Panther in no way shape or form could ever be confused with a T-34. The Tiger I with an 88mm gun could reach out at over a mile. To the Russians, their men are always expendable.

      • Exactly so, G (though the Panther has a similar profile to the T-34, but more squat). The Soviet crews were indeed inadequately trained, unlike their aircrew. The Tiger was heavily armoured, with an 88mm gun, but slow and, like the Panther, easy to disable if handled by an inexperienced crew (the gearbox was made by Porsche!) and they only made around 650 of them; the Soviets at least understood the importance of mass production, like the Americans. (Did you know that of the around 650,000 aircraft made in WW2, 300,000 were made in the US?)

        In Normandy in 1944, there was a saying among Panzer crews: a Panther is worth five Shermans, but the enemy always has six.

        Plus, the western allies almost always had air superiority; when this could not be deployed, as in the “Battle of the Bulge” in late 1944-5 (because of the foul weather), the Germans were able to mount their last counter-attack in the west, capturing thousands of American troops.

        • Mark old friend, the Germans produced a couple thousand of the Tiger I’s, and over a thousand Tiger II’s, the kill ratio’s of any allied tanks that went against it was astronomical. They used to call the Sherman a Ronson Lighter because anything the Germans fired at it went through it and it burned every time, like a Ronson lighter. The Brits produced the worst tanks of the war, they were junk.

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