Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/30/2022

Poland’s Energy Security Minister said that the West is effectively at war with Russia. Meanwhile, Czechia assigned 600 soldiers to be part of NATO’s 40,000-strong rapid reaction force.

In other news, President Joe Biden said that the American people will have to endure high gas prices for as long as it takes for Ukraine to defeat Russia.

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Financial Crisis
» Another Round of Stimulus Checks in California
» Biden Says Americans Should Pay Higher Gas Prices for ‘As Long as it Takes’
» Grocery Cart Inflation Jumps to Highest in 42 Years
» Stocks Slide to Close Worst First Half in 52 Years: S&P 500 Plunges 20.6% Ytd, 8.4% in June
» Videos: Biden Climate Advisor is Happy About American Job Losses
 
USA
» 93-Year-Old Homeowner ‘Justified’ In Shooting Intruder, Authorities Say
» Affidavit: Woman Killed in Maine Was Stabbed 484 Times
» Biden’s ‘Rescue Plan’ Gives $825k to Unemployed Anti-Racist Oral Historians
» Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Against EPA’s Authority to Limit Emissions by Remaking Energy Sector
» Breaking: Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
» Breaking: Daily Wire Launches ‘DailyWire+’, Signs Jordan Peterson to Multi-Year Deal
» California School Board Member Calls for Boycott of Independence Day
» Cornell University Library Removes Abraham Lincoln Bust, Gettysburg Address
» COVID Vaccine Whistleblower Who Exposed Globalist Depopulation Agenda Involved in Plane Crash
» Creator of Friends Apologises for Characters Being White
» Fauci Suffers “Much Worse” COVID Symptoms After ‘Paxlovid Rebound’
» In First Interview Since Recall, Ousted San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin Won’t Rule Out Another Run
» Nearly Half of U.S. Murders Now Going Unsolved
» Suspect Arrested in Deadly Delco Road Rage Shooting, Sources Say
» University Avenue Housing Near U of M Campus Evacuated After Explosion, Fire
» Vasectomies on the Rise Following Roe v. Wade Decision: Local Doctor
 
Canada
» Awkward Moment Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Appears to Forget Anthony Albanese’s Name
» Canada’s Airports Are Still a Mess Despite Trudeau’s Federal Task Force
» Freedom Convoy Leader Tamara Lich Receiving ‘Different Treatment’ Based on Political Views, Says Alberta MLA
» Government-Funded School Pamphlet Calls Canada’s Red Ensign a “Hate Symbol”
» James Topp on His Monumental March Across Canada
» Pierre Poilievre Joins James Topp on March Into Ottawa
» Tamara Lich to Remain in Jail Until July 5 Hearing
» Third Booster: Trudeau Health Minister Urges Canadians to Check Eligibility for Next Jabs
 
Europe and the EU
» 600 Czech Soldiers Ready for Rapid Deployment
» 9 in 10 Hungarians Favor EU Membership, New Polling Reveals
» Czech President Warns of Genral Strikes, Says Government’s Neoliberal Economic Ideology is Trumping Pragmatism
» EU Chief Can’t Find Pfizer CEO Texts
» EU is Building a Europe Without Traditional Values, Claims Hungarian MEP
» EU Signs Deal With Egypt and Israel to Boost Gas Exports to Europe
» France’s Energy Sector: ‘Soaring Energy Prices Threaten Our Social and Political Cohesion’
» Germany: Woman Stabbed in Head at Bus Stop by Afghan Suspect
» London Mayor Sadiq Khan Calls for UK to Rejoin EU’s Single Market
» Most People Are Eager for Digital IDs, Military Defense Contractor Says
» Polish President Hails Sweden and Finland’s NATO Membership, Praises Permanent US Army Presence in Poland
» Spanish Police Identify 100 Far-Left Extremists Who Planned to Disrupt NATO Summit
» UK Govt Trains Hundreds of Ukrainian Soldiers in Britain, Pledges Another £1bn in Aid
» UK: Killer Son Stabbed Parents 184 Times Then Booked Getaway Flight From Manchester Airport
» ‘We Are Effectively at War With Russia,’ Says Polish Energy Security Minister
 
Middle East
» Iran’s Supreme Leader Suggests Those Who Spread “Rumors” Or “False Claims” Online Should be Prosecuted
 
Russia
» Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (June 30)
 
South Asia
» Pakistan Extends Digital ID System by Linking it to Health Insurance
 
Far East
» Leaked Documents Reveal Wide Scope of China’s Human Rights Violations in Xinjiang
 
Immigration
» Breaking: SCOTUS Says Biden Admin Does Not Have to Abide by ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy
» DeSantis Warns Border Crisis Could Get ‘Even Worse’ If Biden Admin Revokes Remain in Mexico Policy
» Establishment Using Abortion Issue to Distract From ‘Out of Control’ Immigration — Le Pen
» France: Afghan National Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Multiple Women in the Same Apartment Four Different Times
» Poland Completes £294m, 18ft-High Metal Wall Topped With Barbed Wire Along 115 Miles of Its Border With Belarus After EU Warned Lukashenko Could Stage a ‘Hybrid Attack’ By Pushing Migrants Across the Frontier
» UK: Dangerous Criminal Deportations Hit All-Time Low Thanks to Human Rights Legal Challenges — Claim
» Video: MSNBC Host Blames Trump for 53 Dead Migrants Found in Truck
 
Culture Wars
» Biological Male Skateboarder Defends Coming in First Against Young Girls: ‘I Wasn’t Going to Go Easy on Them Just Because They’re Kids’
» Breaking: Florida Judge Blocks Desantis’ 15-Week Abortion Ban
» Doctor Who Ran Clinic for Transgender Children and ‘Failed’ An 11-Year-Old Transitioning From Female to Male by Not Fully Explaining Drugs Could Make Them Infertile is Suspended for Just Two Months
» Germany Unveils Plans for Simpler Legal Gender Change Process
» Good News!
» How Aussie Birth Certificates Could Soon Have No Gender — Amid Proposals to Let People Switch From Man to Woman Every 12 Months
» International Cycling Organization Tightens Testosterone Rules in Women’s Events
» Jordan Peterson Suspended From Twitter After Posting ‘Ellen Page Just Had Her Breasts Removed’
» Leftist UK Politician Calls for ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation of Laurence Fox
» Marvel Comics Introducing First Gay Spider-Man
» Sinema and Manchin Won’t Nuke Filibuster to Pass Abortion Law
» Weird New Disney+ Show ‘Baymax’ Features Transgender Tampon Scene
 
General
» Globally the G7 Are a Minority
 

Another Round of Stimulus Checks in California

With inflation at a 40-year high, another round of stimulus checks might be the last thing economists would recommend right now. But that’s not stopping Governor Gavin Newsom from sending out checks of up to $1,050 to 23 million Californians. Newsom and legislative leaders are casting the inflationary stimulus checks as “inflation relief”:

About 23 million California residents will soon receive “inflation relief” checks of up to $1,050 under a budget deal reached by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers on Sunday.

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

Biden Says Americans Should Pay Higher Gas Prices for ‘As Long as it Takes’

During a press conference on Thursday at the NATO Leadership summit in Spain, President Joe Biden declared that Americans should expect to pay higher gas prices for “as long as it takes” to defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.

In response to a reporter asking, “how long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?” Biden responded that Americans, who have been paying nearly $5 a gallon for gas for months, should shell out the extra cash for “as long as it takes” because Americans paying more helps Ukraine fight Russia.

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

Grocery Cart Inflation Jumps to Highest in 42 Years

A key measure of inflation showed groceries in May costing American households 11 percent more this year than last year, the biggest annual price gain since December of 1980.

The Personal Consumption Expenditure price index for food showed on Thursday that inflation has accelerated for at 11-consecutive months, picking up pace every month since June of 2021. Food prices were up 6.6 percent when the year started, eight percent in February, 9.2 percent in March, and 10 percent in April.

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

Stocks Slide to Close Worst First Half in 52 Years: S&P 500 Plunges 20.6% Ytd, 8.4% in June

US stocks fell on Thursday, with the major averages logging steep declines for the month of June, second quarter and first half of 2022 as concerns over heightened inflation and the prospects of a recession weighed heavily on risk assets.

The S&P 500 fell by 0.9% on Thursday to reach 3,785.38, ending the first half of 2022 lower by 20.6% for its worst start to a year since 1970. The Dow ended Thursday’s session at 30,775.43, dropping 15.3% for the year-to-date for its worst first half since 1962. And the Nasdaq’s 29.5% drop so far in 2022 marked its worst first half on record.

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

Videos: Biden Climate Advisor is Happy About American Job Losses

One of Joe Biden’s senior advisors bragged this week about how the administration’s forced transition to green energy is causing people working in the fossil fuels industry to lose their jobs.

Speaking from the Aspen Ideas Festival, Biden’s climate advisor Gina McCarthy stated “We have opportunities now to transfer to clean energy in a way that grows thousands of jobs. We just had a recent report that is showing that all of the energy and the employment stats from last year. Clean energy is winning. Fossil fuels losing jobs.”

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

93-Year-Old Homeowner ‘Justified’ In Shooting Intruder, Authorities Say

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. (Gray News) — Authorities in Southern California are investigating a home invasion where a homeowner shot one of the intruders.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reports deputies were called to a residence regarding a burglary in progress.

Authorities said homeowner Joe Teague, 93, told dispatch he had several people at gunpoint in his home. Arriving deputies found one of the intruders, 33-year-old Joseph Ortega, suffering found a gunshot wound.

Ortega was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The sheriff’s office said witnesses told deputies that several people ran away from the man’s home just before authorities arrived.

Investigators reported that several people, including Ortega, were inside Teague’s home when the shooting occurred, and the homeowner was unharmed in the incident.

According to authorities, the 93-year-old was questioned at the Moreno Valley Station and returned home. Their investigation remains ongoing…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Affidavit: Woman Killed in Maine Was Stabbed 484 Times

PERRY, Maine (AP) — An autopsy showed that a woman killed in her home in in April was stabbed 484 times, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Kimberly Neptune, 43, of Perry, had wounds on her legs, stomach, neck and head when her body was discovered wrapped in a blanket, State Police Detective Lawrence Anderson wrote in the affidavit.

Donnell J. Dana and Kailie A. Brackett were both charged with murder on April 29, little more than a week after Neptune died. Both knew Neptune. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return a request for comment…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Biden’s ‘Rescue Plan’ Gives $825k to Unemployed Anti-Racist Oral Historians

“Oral Historians” doing the work in anti-racism and other leftist philosophies were awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars from the American Rescue Plan, a Biden Administration package that was passed under the auspices of Covid-19 relief.

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

Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Against EPA’s Authority to Limit Emissions by Remaking Energy Sector

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling in the case of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The 6-3 ruling sides with West Virginia, which sought to limit the Clean Air Act.

At issue were the EPA’s plans to use regulation to “reduce carbon pollution mostly by moving production to cleaner sources.” Once the EPA determined this course of action, they began to limit allowable emissions from fossil fuel production. They enacted goals that they viewed as a “‘reasonable’ amount of shift which it based on modeling how much more electricity both natural gas and renewable sources could supply without causing undue cost increases or reducing the overall power supply.”

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

Breaking: Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been sworn in as a justice on the US Supreme Court.

Her swearing in comes after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement on Wednesday, which went into effective Thursday at noon.

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

Breaking: Daily Wire Launches ‘DailyWire+’, Signs Jordan Peterson to Multi-Year Deal

The Daily Wire announced on Wednesday that the conservative news and media company founded by Ben Shapiro, Caleb Robinson, and Jeremy Boreing, has added tens of thousands of new paying subscribers, growing to an overall subscriber number of 890,000. Just three months ago in April, the company’s subscriber base hovered near 600,000 mark.

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

California School Board Member Calls for Boycott of Independence Day

Anamarie Avila Farias, a member of the Board of Education in Contra Costa County California, posted on her Facebook on June 28 that the time has come to boycott the Fourth of July and wrote “I haven’t celebrated 4th of July since 2016 and I don’t think it’s a holiday to celebrate.”

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

Cornell University Library Removes Abraham Lincoln Bust, Gettysburg Address

The Cornell University Library has removed a sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln and a plaque of the Gettysburg address after an alleged complaint was filed, according to Fox News.

Cornell biology professor Randy Wayne was shocked to find that the Abraham Lincoln display, which featured a bust of the President and a bronzed plaque of the Gettysburg Address, had been removed from the Kock Library.

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

COVID Vaccine Whistleblower Who Exposed Globalist Depopulation Agenda Involved in Plane Crash

A physician dedicated to exposing the deadly COVID injections and the New World Order’s depopulation agenda was involved in a plane crash on Sunday.

Dr. Carrie Madej, an Osteopathic & Internal Medicine physician, survived the mysterious plane crash alongside her boyfriend after the aircraft’s engine failed and went down by the Roosevelt Memorial Airport in Warm Springs, Georgia.

The FAA said they were flying a single-engine Piper PA-24 from St. Petersburg Florida when the engine failed, according to reports.

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

Creator of Friends Apologises for Characters Being White

One of the co-creators of the TV show Friends, perhaps the most monumentally successful worldwide global smash hit production ever, has apologised for the characters being white and pledged to give millions of dollars to black education.

Marta Kauffman told the LA Times that she finds it “painful” that all the main characters on the show were not ‘diverse’ enough for modern standards and that “Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy.”

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

Fauci Suffers “Much Worse” COVID Symptoms After ‘Paxlovid Rebound’

Fully-vaxx’d and double-boosted mask-admirer Anthony Fauci is suffering.

Two weeks ago, we reported that President Biden’s chief medical adviser had COVID.

The 81-year-old reportedly had ‘mild symptoms’ and of course he ‘said the words’…

Of course, Fauci followed the CDC guidelines and ingested the government-blessed treatment — Paxlovid — due to his age and possible risks from the virus.

So, that should have been it right?

But no. During an event at Foreign Policy’s Global Health Forum, Fauci admitted he had not had a good experience.

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

In First Interview Since Recall, Ousted San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin Won’t Rule Out Another Run

San Francisco’s former District Attorney Chesa Boudin says he hasn’t ruled out another run for office.

In early June, he was ousted from his position after two years following a successful recall effort by those frustrated with his soft-on-crime policies.

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

Nearly Half of U.S. Murders Now Going Unsolved

Nearly half of murders in the U.S. now go unsolved, with the majority going unsolved in the last seven months of 2020, a phenomenon partly caused by anti-police BLM protests.

The shining achievement of Black Lives Matter may ironically be its role in preventing murdered black people from getting justice.

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

Suspect Arrested in Deadly Delco Road Rage Shooting, Sources Say

Law enforcement sources told NBC10 on Thursday night that a suspect has been arrested for a road rage shooting that left a driver dead in Delaware County, Pennsylvania

A suspect who allegedly shot and killed a driver in Delaware County in a road rage attack was arrested Thursday night, law enforcement sources told NBC10.

The shooting during rush hour Wednesday morning was reportedly prompted by the suspect’s anger at the victim apparently driving too slowly, police said previously. Police have not yet identified the suspect.

The shooting happened on State Road (Route 1) near Meetinghouse Lane in Springfield, Pennsylvania, around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Springfield Police Department said on Facebook that the victim was a 54-year-old man who was in his car with his wife.

Springfield Township Police Department Chief Joe Daly identified the victim as King Hua, a resident of Springfield. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said Hua and his wife immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam and were apparently “living the American dream” before Hua was gunned down.

Witnesses told investigators that the pair were in the curb lane traveling southbound on State Road when another car being driven by a woman passed them on the shoulder of the road and stopped. That’s when a man partially exited the second car and fire shots toward the victim’s car, penetrating the windshield, the SPD said.

Hua, who was in the driver’s seat, was struck, and his car hit a van after the shooting, Daly said. The DA’s office said the victim was taken to the hospital, where he later died…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

University Avenue Housing Near U of M Campus Evacuated After Explosion, Fire

Authorities are asking residents to evacuate residences along University Avenue near the University of Minnesota campus due to a fire and possible natural gas leak Thursday afternoon.

The U of M issued public safety alerts just after 3 p.m. saying Minneapolis firefighters were responding to reports of an explosion and fire near 17th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue.

Additionally, all buildings between 15th and 19th on University Avenue are being evacuated.

Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Vasectomies on the Rise Following Roe v. Wade Decision: Local Doctor

INDIANAPOLIS — The future of abortion in Indiana remains unclear after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe vs. Wade last week.

It remains legal in Indiana for now, but a special legislative session next month could bring changes to the law in the wake of the Supreme Court’s opinion.

In the days following that historic ruling, an Indianapolis doctor says he’s seen a surge in inquiries about men considering getting a vasectomy.

“I never really made the connection before, but it makes sense,” Dr. Donald Snyder said…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Awkward Moment Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Appears to Forget Anthony Albanese’s Name

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to forget Anthony Albanese’s name during an awkward encounter at the NATO Summit.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Canada’s Airports Are Still a Mess Despite Trudeau’s Federal Task Force

Canadian airports are facing excessively long line-ups and flight cancellations despite the Trudeau government creating a task force of cabinet ministers to solve the problem.

As a result of the chaos at airports, Air Canada will be cutting hundreds of flights from their schedule in hopes they’ll be able to better accommodate travellers.

The airline will have to reduce its normal schedule of around 1,000 flights per day by an average of 154 flights per day for July and August in hopes fewer travellers will have their flights delayed or cancelled because of airport conditions.

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

Freedom Convoy Leader Tamara Lich Receiving ‘Different Treatment’ Based on Political Views, Says Alberta MLA

Brian Jean, an Alberta MLA and frontrunner to take over for Jason Kenney as UCP leader, suggested that Freedom Convoy leader Tamara Lich has been treated differently by the system because of her politics.

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

Government-Funded School Pamphlet Calls Canada’s Red Ensign a “Hate Symbol”

A booklet made for school children that calls the Red Ensign flag a hate symbol and identifies the Conservative Party as a target of “infiltration” by racists was approved by Cabinet yesterday as a taxpayer-funded project.

“This new resource will be delivered through workshops in schools across the country and it will help raise awareness with students,” Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussen told reporters. The booklet would help “teach core values to our kids,” he said.

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

James Topp on His Monumental March Across Canada

Canadian Armed Forces Veteran James Topp has been marching towards Ottawa from Vancouver since February in protest of heavy-handed government Covid restrictions.

Since Topp began his journey, the legacy media has either ignored him or inaccurately covered his story. Unlike the legacy media, True North has been covering Topp’s march since the start.

True North’s Elie Cantin-Nantel caught up with Topp as he marched into the outskirts of Ottawa.

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

Pierre Poilievre Joins James Topp on March Into Ottawa

Conservative leadership candidate and perceived frontrunner Pierre Poilievre joined Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) veteran James Topp on his march to Ottawa in protest of Covid-19 restrictions on Thursday.

Poilievre met with the 28-year-long veteran prior to his arrival at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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

Tamara Lich to Remain in Jail Until July 5 Hearing

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich will have to wait behind bars until July 5 to have a full-day hearing after being arrested for allegedly violating prior bail conditions.

Lich was apprehended by law enforcement in her hometown of Medicine Hat on Monday after the Ottawa Police Service issued a Canada-wide warrant for her arrest.

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

Third Booster: Trudeau Health Minister Urges Canadians to Check Eligibility for Next Jabs

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos updated Canadians on what it means to have “up-to-date vaccination” status, and urged Canadians who have already been boosted twice to receive a third booster.

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

600 Czech Soldiers Ready for Rapid Deployment

As the NATO summit in Madrid enters its final day, representatives of the member state governments have agreed on several points in an official statement adopted on Wednesday.

In addition to strengthening combat groups, such as the one in Slovakia, they also agreed to increase the number of rapid reaction units, as General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg had predicted before the meeting. So far, 600 soldiers have been set aside for this purpose within the Czech army. There are currently 40,000 soldiers in rapid reaction units across the alliance’s member states, and there is talk of increasing this number to 300,000 in the future.

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

9 in 10 Hungarians Favor EU Membership, New Polling Reveals

There is an overwhelming support in Hungary for EU membership across most political convictions, according to the latest polling.

In a poll conducted by Median towards the end of May, Hungarians were asked: “Should Hungary, as Great Britain did, hold a referendum on EU membership. how would you vote?”

According to the survey, the vast majority of the Hungarian population (almost nine-tenths) is still in favor of EU membership, and this is almost true regardless of party affiliation. Support is lower among voters in the far-right Our Homeland party, but is still more than two-thirds among their ranks.

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

Czech President Warns of Genral Strikes, Says Government’s Neoliberal Economic Ideology is Trumping Pragmatism

In a wide-ranging interview for the newspaper MF DNES, Czech President Milos Zeman warns that the deteriorating economic situation could lead to a crisis if the government does not change course.

According to Zeman, the current tension in the Czech government is the result of the souring sentiment of the Czech public. He does not rule out that the demonstrations planned by Czech trade unions in September due to the unfortunate economic situation and low wages may escalate into a general strike.

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

EU Chief Can’t Find Pfizer CEO Texts

The European Commission has said it is unable to locate text messages sent between its president, Ursula von der Leyen, and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla during talks for a huge vaccine deal, last year, but has denied prior charges of “maladministration” from an EU watchdog.

The commission issued a letter on Wednesday stating that an expanded search for the missing messages had “not yielded any results,” following months of dispute between the EU’s executive body and oversight officials. It argued that due to the “short-lived and ephemeral nature” of texts, they typically “do not contain important information” and are therefore rarely stored.

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

EU is Building a Europe Without Traditional Values, Claims Hungarian MEP

The EU is attempting to build a Europe devoid of its traditional values, a construct that the majority of Hungarians are against, said MEP Tamas Deutsch during a debate in the Hungarian Parliament on the future of Europe.

Detailing the Hungarian position, Deutsch said that Hungarians do not see integration as an end in itself, but as a means for “our national freedom to be fulfilled.”

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

EU Signs Deal With Egypt and Israel to Boost Gas Exports to Europe

The European Union has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel and Egypt that paves the way for potentially significant quantities of Israeli natural gas to be shipped to Europe.

The trilateral agreement, signed on June 15 in Cairo at a meeting of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), an intergovernmental organization, calls for Israeli gas to be sent to liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Egypt. From there, the gas in liquid form will be transported across the Mediterranean Sea on LNG vessels to markets in Europe.

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

France’s Energy Sector: ‘Soaring Energy Prices Threaten Our Social and Political Cohesion’

In 2020, Russian gas accounted for 17 percent of gas imports into France, compared with 65 percent in Germany and 43 percent in Italy. In addition, the share of gas in France’s electricity production is only 7 percent, thanks to the massive use of nuclear power plants (56 of the 106 nuclear power plants in the EU are in France), which provide about 70 percent of electricity production, compared with 10.5 percent for hydro, 6.5 percent for wind, and 2 percent for solar, according to EDF figures for 2019.

After a few years of hesitation at the beginning of his first term, following a moratorium on new nuclear power plants, President Emmanuel Macron has decided that it is necessary to invest again in that sector and build new reactors.

In Germany, gas accounts for more than 15 percent of electricity production, due to Angela Merkel’s disastrous 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power and the gradual abandonment of coal, of which Germany remains the largest European user, ahead of Poland.

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

Germany: Woman Stabbed in Head at Bus Stop by Afghan Suspect

A man from Afghanistan was arrested for allegedly stabbing a young woman in the head at a bus stop in Germany last week, according to authorities.

The shocking incident unfolded in Hamburg at around 6:20 a.m. on June 23 but has received little coverage.

A 19-year-old woman was preparing to board a bus in the Billstedt district of the city when she was attacked by a male suspect wearing a black hoodie.

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

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Calls for UK to Rejoin EU’s Single Market

London’s leftist mayor and arch-Remainer Sadiq Khan has called for the United Kingdom to ignore the democratically expressed will of the people and rejoin the European Union’s Single Market.

Rather than focus on the violent crime wave that has characterised his tenure in office, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has once again decided to relitigate the 2016 Brexit referendum and call for the UK to rejoin the EU’s Single Market.

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

Most People Are Eager for Digital IDs, Military Defense Contractor Says

Thales Group has produced a white paper titled, Understanding the European Identity Experience, where it, among other things, presents the results of a survey conducted among the citizens of several EU countries.

According to Thales, the poll shows that two in three EU residents (66 percent) are eager to start using Digital ID Wallets, that will contain their ID card, driver’s license, and a slew of other official documents and attestations, all accessible on their smartphones.

But Thales Group is not a pollster; it is a French multinational corporation that works with defense, transportation, aerospace, security sectors, and governments, and has been working on implementing the EU’s Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS) since the beginning, 2014.

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

Polish President Hails Sweden and Finland’s NATO Membership, Praises Permanent US Army Presence in Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda praised recent steps taken by NATO to shore up its eastern flank, expressing his satisfaction with the move to grant Sweden and Finland membership in the alliance, and welcoming the permanent presence of the U.S. Army in Poland.

Duda called the decision on Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership “historic for the alliance’s eastern flank,” adding: “For us Poles, for our defenses this is a very important decision that we have sought for a very long time because it strengthens the defense capacity in the key region of the Baltics.”

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

Spanish Police Identify 100 Far-Left Extremists Who Planned to Disrupt NATO Summit

Spanish police say they have identified at least a hundred far-left extremists from all across Europe who descended on Madrid in order to disrupt this week’s NATO summit.

The hundred far-left extremists, many of them so-called “Black Bloc” anarchists, are said to have travelled to Madrid from Portugal, Greece and Italy in order to disrupt the NATO summit and cause altercations with authorities.

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

UK Govt Trains Hundreds of Ukrainian Soldiers in Britain, Pledges Another £1bn in Aid

Boris Johnson’s government has confirmed that hundreds of Ukrainian soliders are being trained in Britain and pledged an additional £1 billion ($1,213,635,000) in militray aid to the country.

“Putin’s brutality continues to take Ukrainian lives and threaten peace and security across Europe,” declared Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a NATO summit in the Spanish capital of Madrid, according to the BBC.

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

UK: Killer Son Stabbed Parents 184 Times Then Booked Getaway Flight From Manchester Airport

A son has been convicted of a brutal double murder of his parents — stabbing them 184 times in a frenzied attack. After killing them at their home in Lancashire, Lee Tipping fled the scene of the crime and later tried to make a getaway from Manchester Airport but lost his nerve.

Tipping, 36, was today found guilty of the shocking double murder of his parents Anthony Tipping and Patricia Livesey by a jury following a trial at Preston Crown Court. He claimed he acted in self defence when he knifed his dad 131 times in his chest and even his eyes.

He then said he lost control and turned the blade on his mum, stabbing her 153 times. But the jury dismissed Tipping’s claims and found he was the aggressor in the frenzied attack at the house in Cann Bridge Street in Higher Walton, Lancashire, on November 19, 2021…

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‘We Are Effectively at War With Russia,’ Says Polish Energy Security Minister

The West is “at war with Russia,” warned Poland’s state secretary in charge of energy infrastructure security, Piotr Naimski, while speaking to participants of the EU-US Defense & Future Forum organized by the Atlantic Council. He explained that politicians are often in denial about this, wanting a return to the period preceding the war, but they should be getting ready for Russian attempts at sabotage of energy infrastructure.

He painted a picture of an extraordinary situation. “We are discussing taking decisions with regard to sanctions, limiting imports and exports, price caps for certain products, and even rationing energy. These are decisions that do not normally have to be taken in a market economy, but we are being forced to explore them because we are in an abnormal situation caused by war.”

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Suggests Those Who Spread “Rumors” Or “False Claims” Online Should be Prosecuted

Iran has called for new laws on policing “misinformation” online. Just like in other countries, the move is used to suppress dissent and protests.

“Psychological security is one of the rights of the people. What is psychological security?” Iran’s Supreme leader in his latest speech.

“It means that each day rumors, false claims, and frightening statements should not be spread in people’s minds. Until yesterday, it was just the newspapers that spread lies. But now, the internet has been added to it.”

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Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (June 30)

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

Ukraine won back control over Snake Island, which Russia occupied in February. Ukrainian officials said Russian troops evacuated after Ukraine’s overnight bombardment. Russia said it left the island as a “goodwill gesture” for Ukraine’s grain exports. The strategic outpost in the Black Sea is where Ukrainian soldiers famously refused to surrender to the Russian warship Moskva.

President Biden said the U.S. would provide $800 million more in security assistance for Ukraine. Speaking at the close of a NATO summit, Biden said the war “will not end with Russia defeating Ukraine” and that allies would support Ukraine “as long as it takes.” Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said his country had no “problem” with Finland and Sweden joining NATO but would have to respond if the alliance built up a military presence along its northern borders.

Amnesty International said the Mariupol theater bombing was a clear war crime. A new report by the human rights organization concluded that the attack “was almost certainly carried out by Russian fighter aircraft.” Hundreds of civilians sheltered in the building during the March siege of the southern port city that Russian troops now occupy.

The European Court of Human Rights told Russia to ensure two British captives don’t get the death penalty. In early June, a court in a Russian-backed separatist part of Ukraine sentenced Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death. Russia’s government, which pulled out of the European rights jurisdiction after invading Ukraine, said it no longer complies with the European court’s orders.

Ukraine said it broke ties with Syria for recognizing the independence of eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions at Russia’s request. Ukraine’s foreign ministry said in recent years it had already ordered the closure of its and Syria’s embassies over crimes of the Syrian regime, which is friendly with the Kremlin. Kyiv said it will now also impose a trade embargo and other sanctions against Syria.

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Pakistan Extends Digital ID System by Linking it to Health Insurance

The National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) of Pakistan and the country’s Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination have agreed to work together to expand a healthcare digital ID program to most of the province of Punjab.

Local media reports that the Sehat Sahulat Program (known as “Prime Minister’s Health Program”) provides a centralized system that manages the Qaumi Sehat Card, which is issued to residents who hold the national ID card (CNIC).

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Leaked Documents Reveal Wide Scope of China’s Human Rights Violations in Xinjiang

Documents and photos of thousands of ethnic Uighurs arrested by Chinese authorities, made public in late May, lend additional indisputable evidence to the Communist regime’s massive human rights violations in Xinjiang. Many of the leaked documents are official Chinese Ministry of Interior dossiers of incarcerated individuals just from Shufu, one among 61 counties in Xinjiang Province. The Shufu County in the Kashgar Prefecture is the site of several large internment camps.

One of the leaked documents, which contains “a shoot to kill order” for guards in the camp’s watchtowers, confirms that these camps are indeed prisons. Another leaked report stipulates how detainees are to be transported from one site to an alternate location: ankle shackles, handcuffs and hoods.

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Breaking: SCOTUS Says Biden Admin Does Not Have to Abide by ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy

On Thursday, the last day before the Supreme Court breaks for the summer, a majority of the justices ruled on the side of the Biden administration in regards to the Trump administration immigration policy dubbed “remain in Mexico.”

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DeSantis Warns Border Crisis Could Get ‘Even Worse’ If Biden Admin Revokes Remain in Mexico Policy

In response to the Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling that the Biden administration does not need to abide by the previous admin’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called on Biden to keep it in place, suggesting that if he chooses not to, the border crisis will only get worse.

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Establishment Using Abortion Issue to Distract From ‘Out of Control’ Immigration — Le Pen

Populist firebrand Marine Le Pen has alleged that discussions on abortion in France, seemingly prompted by the recent Supreme Court decision in the United States, are being used to distract from the more domestically relevant issue of mass immigration.

Heated mainstream discussion in France surrounding the right to an abortion is being used to distract from the issue of widespread immigration into the country, populist leader Marine Le Pen has alleged.

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France: Afghan National Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Multiple Women in the Same Apartment Four Different Times

An Afghan national has received a two-year custodial sentence in France after being found guilty of repeatedly breaking into the same apartment at least four times and sexually assaulting the female occupants.

The man, a 26-year Afghan national known only as Najib, committed the offenses during the summer of 2021 at an apartment on rue Caponière in Caen. On various dates throughout July and August 2021, the three young women who share the apartment filed complaints after waking up to the defendant lying next to them in bed in the middle of the night, according to French news outlet Actu.fr.

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Poland Completes £294m, 18ft-High Metal Wall Topped With Barbed Wire Along 115 Miles of Its Border With Belarus After EU Warned Lukashenko Could Stage a ‘Hybrid Attack’ By Pushing Migrants Across the Frontier

Poland has completed its 116-mile long steel wall along the Belarus border to stop migrants from entering, after accusing Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging an influx to ‘destabilise’ the region.

The 18ft-high fence covers nearly half the length of Poland’s border with the Russian ally, and cost nearly £300million to build.

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, mostly from the Middle East, have crossed or attempted to cross into Poland from Belarus since last summer.

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UK: Dangerous Criminal Deportations Hit All-Time Low Thanks to Human Rights Legal Challenges — Claim

Deportations of rapists, murderers and burglars have fallen to an all-time low thanks to legal challenges based on European human rights law.

Legal challenges leveraging human rights law are allegedly preventing the deportation of extremely dangerous criminals from the UK, with the number of Category A felons being removed from Britain reportedly falling to all-time lows as a result of the trend.

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Video: MSNBC Host Blames Trump for 53 Dead Migrants Found in Truck

MSNBC host Joy Reid and her guest used the deaths of 53 migrants found in a truck in Texas this week as an excuse to go on a ‘Donald Trump bad’ rant in a desperate attempt generate some ratings.

While the border remains wide open and thousands pour into the country every day, setting all time records, Reid argued that the migrants found asphyxiated in the truck had no other choice because it’s so difficult to get across the border thanks to Trump.

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Biological Male Skateboarder Defends Coming in First Against Young Girls: ‘I Wasn’t Going to Go Easy on Them Just Because They’re Kids’

Ricci Tres, a 29-year-old biological male skateboarder that recently won a competition against a field of girls that were on average anywhere between 10 to 15 years younger than Tres, recently spoke out in an interview saying, “I wasn’t going to go easy on them just because they’re kids.”

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Breaking: Florida Judge Blocks Desantis’ 15-Week Abortion Ban

On Thursday, a Florida judge issued a temporary statewide injunction in regards to the state’s new abortion law banning the procedure after 15 weeks, which was set to take effect on Friday.

According to Fox 10, Judge John Cooper announced on Thursday that this injunction would not take effect immediately after the decision, but would rather go into effect at 12 am on Friday.

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Doctor Who Ran Clinic for Transgender Children and ‘Failed’ An 11-Year-Old Transitioning From Female to Male by Not Fully Explaining Drugs Could Make Them Infertile is Suspended for Just Two Months

Helen Webberley, founder of the GenderGP website, was found to have committed serious misconduct by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel and was suspended for two months

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Germany Unveils Plans for Simpler Legal Gender Change Process

The German government on Thursday unveiled plans to make it easier for transgender people to have the first name and gender they identify with legally recognized.

The move was announced by Family Affairs Minister Lisa Paus during a press conference in Berlin.

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Good News!

The sewer pipe that is Hollywood and the wider regime entertainment industry in general is dying.

Whisper it quietly, but the edifice of woke brainwashing, at least in the entertainment industry, could be starting to crumble.

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How Aussie Birth Certificates Could Soon Have No Gender — Amid Proposals to Let People Switch From Man to Woman Every 12 Months

Under a radical proposal by the Queensland government, the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ would also be optional on birth certificates.

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International Cycling Organization Tightens Testosterone Rules in Women’s Events

The international governing body in the sport of cycling, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), released new guidance regarding transgender athletes earlier this month, tightening up the hormone levels needed to be displayed by athletes, particularly ones planning to compete in women’s events.

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Jordan Peterson Suspended From Twitter After Posting ‘Ellen Page Just Had Her Breasts Removed’

Professor and psychologist Jordan Peterson was suspended from Twitter on Tuesday after posting about actor Elliot Page, who was born Ellen Page, undergoing an elective double mastectomy to relieve gender dysphoria.

Peterson wrote in the tweet which triggered the suspension, “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”

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Leftist UK Politician Calls for ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation of Laurence Fox

Caroline Russell, a Green Party politician in the UK, called on the Metropolitan Police to investigate anti-woke campaigner Laurence Fox over a tweet comparing the modern-day pride movement to fascism.

Russell is a member of the London Assembly, the elected body that scrutinizes the activities of the Mayor of London, where she sits on the Police and Crime Committee.

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Marvel Comics Introducing First Gay Spider-Man

Disney-owned Marvel Comics is set to debut its first openly gay Spider-Man, with effeminate characteristics, dressed in lace, in an upcoming book due out in September.

The comic book company first informed fans of its plans with a June 16 solicitation, that described the new character as, “WEB-WEAVER: A not-so-mild mannered fashion designer at Van Dyne gets spider-powers and shows us a very different kind of Spider-Slayer,” according to Comic Book Resources.

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Sinema and Manchin Won’t Nuke Filibuster to Pass Abortion Law

On Thursday, Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona reiterated their commitment to keeping the Senate’s 60-vote hurdle for legislation after President Biden called for a carve-out from the rule in order to pass a federal abortion law.

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Weird New Disney+ Show ‘Baymax’ Features Transgender Tampon Scene

A new Disney+ series featuring a bizarre character called Baymax who looks like a scuffed Michelin Man features a scene where Baymax takes advice about tampons from a ‘transgender’ person.

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Globally the G7 Are a Minority

It is repeatedly claimed that the G7 are the “most important industrialized countries” and thus generally the most important countries in the world. However, on closer inspection this contention is wrong.

Two misconceptions are very popular in the Western mainstream when it comes to the current G7 summit. On the one hand, it is repeatedly claimed that the G7 are the “most important industrialized countries” and thus generally the most important countries in the world. However, that is wishful thinking at best. To ascribe greater economic importance to countries like Italy or Canada than China or India is untenable.

On the other hand, regarding the topic of the Ukraine war and the sanctions policy, the entire world is not on the side of Ukraine as is often claimed. Not a single South American or African country and, with the exception of Japan and South Korea, not a single Asian country has signed up for sanctions. States in which the US actually has a great deal of influence, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Colombia and Pakistan, are also not on board.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/30/2022

  1. Baron, I don’t understand why you are posting a series of “Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today” published by NPR’s propaganda effort… (?)

    • I post it because Reader from Chicago sends it in.

      Besides, I think it’s always a good idea to provide a varied selection of enemy propaganda. It’s prudent to keep an eye on it.

        • Send it in. URL, title, and a couple of paragraphs. I’ll post it.

          The whole point of the news feed is that readers send the stuff in, and I don’t have to do much. If I have to spend time on it, it won’t get done. I just check to see that an item isn’t obnoxious, or patently absurd. If it isn’t, it goes into the feed.

  2. “…warned Poland’s state secretary in charge of energy infrastructure security, Piotr Naimski, while speaking to participants of the EU-US Defense & Future Forum organized by the Atlantic Council.”

    The writer of this piece on the Polish secretary published on the Remix news website doesn’t say how he knows the secretary said what he quoted. Was the writer there, recording the words? Was he transcribing them into a notebook? Did the writer rely on the Atlantic Council itself to provide a copy of the secretary’s remarks (on paper, disc, or a recording)? Did the writer rely on someone else (another individual or another news service) to tell him what the secretary said? The writer addresses none of these evidentiary concerns.

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