Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/14/2022

A sustained drought in Texas has caused a shortage of feed for cattle, prompting ranchers to send millions of cattle to slaughter to cull their herds. The price of beef is expected to drop over the next few months as a consequence. However, the resulting shortage of young animals for the next two to three years means a dramatic price increase will come along later.

In other news, Russia mounted a deadly attack on the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia using Kalibr cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Black Sea.

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USA
» Air Force Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Overturned by Federal Court
» AK-47 Home Defender Won’t Face Charges
» ‘Alex’s War’ Surges Past Elvis, Jurassic World, Hits Number 2 in Apple Pre-Order Chart
» As Ranchers Sell Their Calf Producing Cows, Major Cattle Deficit Predicted in 2024
» Church Pastor Sees Crime, Offers Gun and Self Defense Class
» Deadly Maine Shooting Deemed Self-Defense; No Charges Will be Filed
» Fauci Acknowledges Vaccines Don’t Protect “Overly Well” Against COVID Infection
» Gov. DeSantis Signs Drug Price Transparency Order
» Hilarious: Elon Musk Owns MSNBC Host After She Took Issue With Him Tweeting a Hunter Biden Meme
» Jordan Peterson Meets With House GOP to ‘Help Formulate a Positive Conservative Message’
» LA County DA George Gascon Recall Effort Clears First Hurdle as Registrar Prepares ‘Full Check’ Of Signatures
» LA DA George Gascon Seeks California Supreme Court Appeal in Battle Over Charging of Three-Strikes Cases
» Local Police Department Now Offering Self-Defense Classes Geared Towards Women
» Los Angeles DA George Gascon Moves to Dissolve Division That Notifies Victims of Attacker’s Parole Hearings
» Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS
» Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists
» Millions of Texas Cattle Slaughtered Due to Lack of Feed
» Neighborhood Locked Down, House on Fire in Compton After Shots Fired at Deputies
» Obama Scolds His Former Doctor for Questioning Biden’s Cognitive Ability
» Patrick Lawrence: The Imaginary War
» Rumble Enables Ad Monetization for Live Streams on the Web
» Seattle Mayor Considers Incentives for Police Amid Officer Shortage
» The Presence of Pet Dogs Makes an Entire Neighborhood Safer
» There’s Something Wrong With Biden
» Video: Rand Paul Accuses Biden COVID Resurgence Doomers of “Sensationalism”
» Woman, 50, Allegedly Stabbed Three People in Two Counties, Tried to Stab Fourth
 
Canada
» Breaking: Tamara Lich Reportedly to be Held in Jail Until at Least July 25
» More Unvaccinated MLB Players Refuse to Play Against Blue Jays
» Over Half of Canadians Disapprove of Trudeau’s Job as PM, Say He’s ‘Divisive’: Poll
» Trudeau Government Resumes Mandatory Random Testing for Air Travel
 
Europe and the EU
» Brexiteer Braverman Eliminated From Race, Five Through to UK Leader TV Debate
» Czech PM: Gas Won’t be Part of Next Round of EU Sanctions Against Russia
» EU Plans Action Over Fears of Ukraine War Arms Smuggling Into Europe
» ‘Europe is Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds Over the War in Ukraine, ‘ Warns Senior Polish MEP
» Fatal Stabbing at Swedish ‘Politician Week’ Now Considered Terrorist Act
» France Extradites 2015 Paris Islamic Terror Attack Convict to Belgium for Another Trial
» French Department Urges Residents to Hide Cars and Garbage Bins Ahead of Bastille Day
» German and Austrian Ministers: ‘No Alternative’ to Ending Dependency on Russian Energy
» Germany: Electricity for Electric Cars Will Soon be More Expensive Than Petrol
» Hungary Gears Up to Raise Defense Readiness Level
» Hungary Announces 7-Point Energy Emergency Plan
» Jihadists Remain Europe’s Biggest Terror Threat Despite Focus on Right-Wing
» Major French Cities Likely to Face Blackouts in 2022-2023 — Reports
» Over 1,000 Girls Groomed by ‘Asian’ Rape Gangs in Small English Town Amid Politically Correct Police Inaction
» Pope Francis: ‘Consume Less Meat’ To Save the Planet
» Soccer So White? BBC Complains No Minority Players on Pitch for English Women’s Football Team
» The Post Millennial’s Katie Daviscourt Discusses the Farmer Rebellion Live From the Netherlands
» They’re Just Igniting a Bomb Here and There’: Dutch Dairy Farmer Slams Government
» ‘This is Not a Democracy Anymore’: Following a Tractor Convoy in the Netherlands
» Twitter Bans British Surgeon Tony Hinton Over COVID Posts
» UK: Graves of Polish Freedom Fighters Desecrated, Sculpture of Christ Thrown on Bonfire
» UK: Political Correctness is Just Being Nice to People!
» UK: Race to Replace Boris Johnson: Top Remainer Hunt, Vaccines Boss Zahawi Knocked Out of Vote
» UK’s Online Censorship Bill Has Been Paused Until a New Prime Minister is Chosen
» Weapons Are Trafficked From Ukraine to Organized Crime in Europe
» ‘Why Would You Get Rid of Your Farmers?’ Dutch Politician and Farmer Nynke Koopmans Discusses Ongoing Protests
 
Russia
» 65% of Ukrainians Don’t Plan to Return Home in the Foreseeable Future
» Belsat TV Journalist Sentenced to Further 8 Years in Prison in Belarus
» Ukraine War: Russian Submarine Launches Deadly Kalibr Missile Strike on Civilians
 
South Asia
» Hindu Girl Abducted by Muslim Radicals in Islamic Pakistan’s Sindh Province
» India: Hindutva Activist Attacked in Shivamogga by Five Jihadis, Escaped From the Attempt of Murder
 
Far East
» GOP Lawmakers Launch Probe TikTok’s Sharing of User Data With Chinese Parent Company
» Hong Kong is Using Ankle Bracelet Trackers to Track COVID-Positive Citizens
 
Immigration
» Deported Criminals Among Boat Migrants Crossing Channel to UK
» Ohio 10-Year-Old’s Alleged Illegal Immigrant Rapist, 27, Was Listed as Minor in Abortionist’s Report to State
» Syrian Suspect Caught Smuggling Van Full of Migrants in Slovenia
» UK: Delayed Again! Rwanda Migrant Removal Scheme Put on Hold Until New PM Elected
 
Culture Wars
» Church of England Says There is ‘No Official Definition’ of a Woman
» Lawsuit: Professor Sues University of Washington After Admins Punish Him for ‘Inappropriate’ Opinion
» Nolte: Fascist Transsexual Artist Calls for Warner Bros. To Blacklist J.K. Rowling
» Twitter Finally Bans Group That Encouraged Harassment of Supreme Court Justices
» Typically Pro-Censorship Senators Call for Facebook to Stop Censoring Abortion Content
» Ukraine Wants to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage Amid Reports of Crippling War Losses
» UN is Working With Tech, Media Companies, And States to Address “Misinformation” And “Hate Speech”
» Woke Corporations, Coke, Amazon, Unilever Demand Conservative Candidates Continue Green Agenda
» World Health Organisation: Gender “Is Not Limited to Male or Female”
 

Air Force Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Overturned by Federal Court

The vaccine mandate put into place by the Air Force in September 2021 to require servicemen to get vaccinated against Covid-19 hit a snag on Thursday, when a federal court in Ohio issued a temporary restraining order preventing the enactment of that mandate when there is a request for a religious exemption.

“The facts show Defendants [the Air Force] have engaged in a pattern of denying religious accommodation requests,” Judge Matthew McFarland stated in the order, finding in favor of those servicemen who seek relief under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. To date, the Air Force has granted some one percent of religious accommodation requests, and most of those are servicemen on their way out of the Air Force.

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

AK-47 Home Defender Won’t Face Charges

A Florida man who defended his home with an “AK-47 style” weapon will not face charges, said Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons in a press briefing on Wednesday.

The homeowner, who fired his weapon at suspected home invaders “started shooting for his own protection, to get them out of his house and to protect himself,” said the sheriff.

According to Simmons, the homeowner, who remains unnamed, was confronted by three assailants, including one who was armed with a gun, who forced their way into his home before midnight on July 7.

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

‘Alex’s War’ Surges Past Elvis, Jurassic World, Hits Number 2 in Apple Pre-Order Chart

The blockbuster new movie ‘Alex’s War’ has surged into the top 2 of Apple’s pre-orders chart, beating the likes of Jurassic World, Elvis and Justice League.

The film by acclaimed director Alex Lee Moyer is set to be released in theaters later this month and asks the question, “Who is Alex Jones? Is he a dangerous lunatic or a patriotic hero?”

In a stunning sign that efforts to censor the movie have failed, the documentary is now placed at number 2 in Apple’s top pre-orders chart, currently sitting just behind Top Gun: Maverick and in front of numerous big budget mainstream movies including Elvis and Jurassic World.

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

As Ranchers Sell Their Calf Producing Cows, Major Cattle Deficit Predicted in 2024

The drought hit a turning point in Texas last weekend as ranchers made a mad dash to the sale barns, liquidating unprecedented amounts of beef cattle. Cattle industry leader Corbitt Wall, host of the FEEDER FLASH at NationalBeefWire.com gives an update on drought conditions across Texas. In his words, the effects of this drought combined with economic factors (fuel and fertilizer prices) are “unbelievable” with 3 mile line of trailers for the dropoff line at Emory Texas sale barn. The sale barn received such a surplus that they were auctioning off cattle through 5am the next morning.

This sale barn was 30 miles south of me and I was an eyewitness to these unbelievable lines. My local sale barn was packed. It is real.

As far as I am finding, hay bales are at minimum $85 for 4×5’ rounds (if you can find them). $100-125 per bale by fall will not be out of the question. For reference, 2021 prices in my area were $50/bale for 5×6’ rounds.

This drought-induced cattle liquidation is going to disrupt our meat supply chain in previously unforeseen ways… which says a lot given everything it has been through in the past two years. The cows being sold at these sale barns are ones that would, in normal circumstances, be producing calves for 4-5 more years. Instead, they are going to feed lots. With so many productive cows heading to slaughter and not producing calves, the US is going to face a major beef cattle deficit in 2024.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Church Pastor Sees Crime, Offers Gun and Self Defense Class

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — The recent crime wave is pushing a local pastor to organize a series of classes to keep churchgoers safe.

Church is typically the place you attend to find peace. But there is a lot of unrest nationally and locally with pockets of criminal activity. So, the leader of one faith facility wants to make sure that his congregation and the community are ready.

“This is my family and I will do everything to protect them,” said Macedonia Church of Augusta Pastor Gregory Fuller.

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

Deadly Maine Shooting Deemed Self-Defense; No Charges Will be Filed

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Attorney General’s Office has determined that a deadly shooting in Augusta in May was a case of self-defense.

Augusta and State police were called to Ready Road Service Towing Company on Riverside Drive in Augusta just before 11 a.m. on May 20. When they arrived, they found the body of 36-year-old Tyler Morin of Lewiston. Police say he had been shot by 48-year-old Rob Drummond of Augusta.

Investigators have not commented on what prompted Drummond to shoot Morin.

With the ruling that the shooting was self-defense, the Attorney General’s Office says Drummond will not face criminal charges in the case.

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

Fauci Acknowledges Vaccines Don’t Protect “Overly Well” Against COVID Infection

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged during an appearance on Fox News that while vaccines may protect from symptoms of the virus, they “don’t protect overly well” when it comes to transmission of COVID.

Fauci made the comments on ‘Your World’ while talking to host Neil Cavuto.

Cavuto asked Fauci to respond to Americans who are unsure about taking another round of the vaccine.

“And they’re beginning to wonder about the regimen for treating it, whether you get two vaccination shots, whether you get a booster, another booster. They just don’t know. What do you tell them?” he asked.

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

Gov. DeSantis Signs Drug Price Transparency Order

As inflation skyrockets, it seems prices on everything are climbing — from groceries to lumber to airplane tickets. But in Florida, that trend may soon see a reversal when it comes to prescription drugs. On July 8th, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 22-164, which seeks to reduce prescription drug prices by promoting price transparency amongst pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

“Florida continues to lead the nation in ensuring accountability in the health care industry and in introducing reforms to combat rising prescription costs,” Governor DeSantis said in a news release. “This executive order requires accountability and transparency for pharmaceutical middlemen when doing business with the state, thereby reducing the upward pressure on prescription drug costs.”

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

Hilarious: Elon Musk Owns MSNBC Host After She Took Issue With Him Tweeting a Hunter Biden Meme

Elon Musk was lectured by a MSNBC host for sharing a Hunter Biden meme on Twitter Thursday, but the Tesla CEO had a delicious come back.

Another video of Hunter Biden was found on his ‘laptop from hell’ showing the First Son weighing crack rocks and arguing with a hooker:

In response, Musk shared a meme of man wearing a hat covered in cameras, captioned “Hunter Biden every time he buys crack and hookers.”

“A+ for cinematography,” Musk further noted.

While the rest of the world found it hilarious, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle tried to lecture Musk about using his platform to do better things.

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

Jordan Peterson Meets With House GOP to ‘Help Formulate a Positive Conservative Message’

On Wednesday, Dr. Jordan Peterson accepted an invitation from Rep. Dan Crenshaw to join a group of House Republicans for lunch in Washington, DC.

During his time with the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House, Peterson pushed for the formulation of a new, more positive conservative message.

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

LA County DA George Gascon Recall Effort Clears First Hurdle as Registrar Prepares ‘Full Check’ Of Signatures

The campaign to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon cleared another key hurdle on Thursday evening as the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder completed a random sampling for verification of petitions.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder announced that it has completed a random sampling for the verification of district attorney recall petitions, and will proceed with a “full check of all signatures submitted.”

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

LA DA George Gascon Seeks California Supreme Court Appeal in Battle Over Charging of Three-Strikes Cases

FIRST ON FOX: Embattled Democratic Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is once again looking to appeal a court’s findings that he “overstates his authority” and must charge cases as required under California’s “three-strikes” law.

Court records show that Gascon’s attorneys filed a petition for review on Tuesday with the California Supreme Court.

In June, an appeals court upheld portions of a lower court’s injunction that said Gascon cannot refuse to charge three-strike cases, which can dramatically increase prison sentences for some of the most serious repeat offenders.

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

Local Police Department Now Offering Self-Defense Classes Geared Towards Women

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek Police Department is teaching women how to defend themselves in the face of danger.

The class is called READY, which stands for “recognizing, empowering and defending yourself,” and emphasizes the importance for women and teen girls to be able to take care of themselves.

Lt. Deb Kalish with the Johns Creek Police Department has been teaching this self-defense course in Johns Creek for about 12 years. It’s free to the public and she says the demand is always overwhelming.

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

Los Angeles DA George Gascon Moves to Dissolve Division That Notifies Victims of Attacker’s Parole Hearings

On Tuesday, progressive Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon moved to disband the Parole Division Bureau of Prosecution Support Operations, whose job it is to notify victims of crime when a parole hearing is scheduled for the perpetrator.

The George Soros-backed DA told members of the group that they will continue working through October, but that starting in November, there will not be “any forthcoming assignments.”

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

Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Defendant Created and Disseminated a Bomb-Making Instructional Video to Support ISIS

A Florida man was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Romeo Xavier Langhorne, 32, of St. Augustine, pleaded guilty in the Middle District of Florida to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS on May 13, 2021. According to court documents, Langhorne pledged his allegiance to ISIS at some point in 2014, knowing that ISIS was a designated foreign terrorist organization that engaged in acts of terrorism. Between 2018 and 2019, Langhorne reaffirmed his support of ISIS on various social media accounts, posted ISIS-produced videos to his YouTube account and participated in online ISIS chat rooms with like-minded individuals. In December 2018 and January 2019, Langhorne expressed in one of those chat rooms an interest in creating a video that would improve on existing videos demonstrating the making and use of a deadly explosive, triacetone triperoxide (TATP).

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

Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

Two men were sentenced today for conspiring to provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Syria (ISIS).

Kristopher Sean Matthews, aka Ali Jibreel, 36, of South Carolina, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and Jaylyn Christopher Molina, aka Abdur Rahim, 24, of Cost, Texas, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

According to court documents, since May 2019, Matthews conspired with Molina to provide services to ISIS by administering an encrypted, members-only chat group for persons who supported ISIS ideology; by collecting, generating, and disseminating pro-ISIS propaganda; and by disseminating firearms training materials and bomb-making instructions to each other and to other members of the chat group and others.

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

Millions of Texas Cattle Slaughtered Due to Lack of Feed

The multiple 100-degree days North Texas is facing are not just putting a strain on our power grid, but also on the state’s cattle industry. The high temperatures are evaporating stock tanks [water troughs] and combined with the drought, there isn’t enough grass to feed the animals.

Last week, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey reported that 80% of Texas’ pastures were in either poor to very poor conditions. Ranchers have to choose between bringing hay from elsewhere, which would be more expensive with the recent gas price increase, or cutting their herd numbers down.

Ranchers fear this drought could be as bad as 2011’s that cost Texas agriculture $7.62 billion. Statistics released early this week showed that 97% of the state is going through some kind of drought…

“Millions of cattle went to slaughter strictly because of the drought because they had nowhere else to go,” said Jon Taggart to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. Taggart produces grass-fed beef, and last spring saw only three inches of rain in May, less than half of 2019-2021’s records. Not only did less forage grow this spring, but the little that did is now drying up.

Another reason for the severity of the current drought is that Texas’ soil gets moisture during the low temperatures and the steady rainfalls of winter, but this hasn’t happened this year. “2022 has been one for the record books,” rancher Lloyd Arthur told the Texas Tribune, “We’ve always compared years to 2011, as far as droughts and whatnot, but 2022 is worse. We don’t have any underground moisture.” Arthur’s cotton farm is located outside Lubbock, one of the most affected areas in the state.

At this point, ranchers are running out of time. Even if grass received sufficient water to grow, it would take too long to bounce back in time to feed the animals. CBS DFW reported that ranchers are selling their older animals and holding back on the youngest in hopes that the weather will get better, but as long as the drought goes on, cows will lose weight and value.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Neighborhood Locked Down, House on Fire in Compton After Shots Fired at Deputies

A man with a shotgun fired at deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to police.

A Compton neighborhood is locked down and a man with a shotgun is barricaded inside a building there after allegedly firing at Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies Thursday morning.

Newschopper 4 was over the scene, where a number of patrol cars were parked on the street and in a nearby parking lot.

According to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau, deputies were shot at, and the man is considered “an assault with a deadly weapon suspect.”

The deputies were not injured, according to the SIB.

They were initially responding to the building at 120 North Acacia Avenue due to reports of a gunshot victim.

The shots were fired at the deputies after they arrived to investigate the 7:14 a.m. call. The man was barricaded inside the building by 8 a.m.

Around 8:24 a.m., what appeared to be smoke began to emerge from the house…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Obama Scolds His Former Doctor for Questioning Biden’s Cognitive Ability

Republican Texas Congressman, and former White House physician, Ronny Jackson has shared a letter sent to him by his former boss Barack Obama, who scolds the doctor for daring to call into question the cognitive ability of Joe Biden.

As we have previously highlighted, Jackson has on multiple occasions suggested that Joe Biden appears not fit for office and should take a cognitive test.

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

Patrick Lawrence: The Imaginary War

It began when the Biden regime and the press misrepresented Russian aims in Ukraine. All else has flowed from it.

What were the policy cliques, “the intelligence community” and the press that serves both going to do when the kind of war in Ukraine they talked incessantly about turned out to be imaginary, a Marvel Comics of a conflict with little grounding in reality? I have wondered about this since the Russian intervention began on Feb. 24. I knew the answer would be interesting when finally we had one.

Now we have one. Taking the government-supervised New York Times as a guide, the result is a variant of what we saw as the Russiagate fiasco came unglued: Those who manufacture orthodoxies as well as consent are slithering out the side door…

           — Hat tip: JF [Return to headlines]
 

Rumble Enables Ad Monetization for Live Streams on the Web

Video sharing platform Rumble has given live streamers a new revenue source by enabling ad monetization for live streams on the web. Rumble said that creators who are monetizing their live streams can expect a boost in revenue.

Rumble’s decision to expand the availability of live stream ad monetization comes as the world’s biggest video sharing platform, YouTube, is increasingly demonetizing creators. Once demonetized, creators can no longer earn ad revenue on YouTube and are also prevented from using its other monetization features such as Super Chats and Super Thanks (which let viewers tip creators by paying to leave pinned comments on their videos) and Memberships (which let creators offer premium content to their viewers).

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

Seattle Mayor Considers Incentives for Police Amid Officer Shortage

Seattle announced a $2 million plan Wednesday to address what Mayor Bruce Harrell described as a critical shortage of police officers in the city.

It includes recruitment bonuses, reimbursement for moving costs and possible tuition assistance.

The city has lost more than 400 police officers over the past 2 1/2 years, which Harrell’s office said has led to the point “where essential services cannot be delivered promptly and effectively.”

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

The Presence of Pet Dogs Makes an Entire Neighborhood Safer

Crime remains among the top worries of people who live in cities. The possibility of being robbed, assaulted, or even killed while outside, doing normal activities in their neighborhood is an ongoing stress or for many urban dwellers. According to a new study from Ohio State University, one way to be safer from criminal activity is to live in a neighborhood where many people own pet dogs.

Crime in the Cities

It has long been known that the presence of a dog in your house offers protection from unwanted intruders. Numerous studies have shown that homes with dogs experience less theft and vandalism than those without dogs. Burglars tend to avoid homes that have dogs: One study even found that the presence of a “Beware of Dog” sign effectively reduces the likelihood of criminal break-ins. However, this new study suggests that having many dog owners in a neighborhood also leads to a reduction in the rates of street crimes.

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

There’s Something Wrong With Biden

It’s been the elephant in the living room for the last 2 years.

But now, Democrats are really starting to panic.

There’s something wrong with Joe.

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

Video: Rand Paul Accuses Biden COVID Resurgence Doomers of “Sensationalism”

Responding to warnings of a COVID resurgence from the White House and the Department of Health & Human Services, Senator Rand Paul accused Biden officials of engaging in “sensationalism”.

Appearing on Fox News, Paul accused his now arch nemesis Anthony Fauci, as well as HHS head Xavier Becerra of spreading doom without providing any empirical evidence.

“Omicron itself was about 90% less likely to put you in the hospital than the first variant,” Paul noted, adding “So if no one’s telling you any information, how can you make any judgment other than the emotionalism and the sensationalism of the government?”

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

Woman, 50, Allegedly Stabbed Three People in Two Counties, Tried to Stab Fourth

A 50-year-old woman is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly stabbing three people in two counties, attempting to stab a fourth, and leading law enforcement agencies on a vehicle pursuit before being forced off the road on East Grand in Hot Springs Wednesday night.

Jeanine Downin, 50, who is not a resident of Arkansas, reportedly first stabbed a Hispanic male at the construction site for a Big Red Valero gas station at the intersection of Highway 128 and Highway 70 (East Grand) in Garland County shortly after 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Saline County Sheriff’s Department obtained Thursday.

Downin then drove to the Big Red Valero at 11580 Highway 70 in Saline County where she allegedly stabbed a second man in the chest while he was airing up a tire. Then she reportedly stabbed a female employee of the Valero in the upper arm outside the store before fleeing the scene.

All three stabbing victims were reportedly treated at hospitals and later released, the release said.

After fleeing the Valero, Downin allegedly approached a private residence on Crossroads in Saline County and attempted to stab another female before fleeing again on Highway 70 back into Garland County.

Downin was spotted by Arkansas State Police troopers who pursued her vehicle along with Garland County sheriff’s deputies and Saline County deputies.

The pursuit continued onto Spring Street and back onto Grand Avenue, eastbound away from Hot Springs, when state police used a Precision Immobilization Technique, or PIT, maneuver on the vehicle, which rolled off the side of the service road near Ferrellgas, 2250 E. Grand, at around 5:43 p.m. Wednesday.

Downin was taken into custody and transported to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs for treatment where she was reportedly listed in critical condition late Wednesday, Garland County sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Kizer, the department’s public information officer, said Thursday. Downin’s condition Thursday was not known.

Downin had attempted to purchase a firearm within the last two weeks but was denied, the release said…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Tamara Lich Reportedly to be Held in Jail Until at Least July 25

Tamara Lich will reportedly be held behind bars until July 25, which will cumulatively mark 48 days in custody for the Freedom Convoy organizer. Tamara is purportedly being held in detention due to a minor breach of her bail conditions, stemming from a photo she took at an event in Toronto with another key figure from the Freedom Convoy named Tom Marazzo.

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

More Unvaccinated MLB Players Refuse to Play Against Blue Jays

More Major League Baseball players are refusing to play against the Blue Jays due to Canada’s Covid-19 vaccine requirements.

According to ESPN, the Kansas City Royals revealed that almost half of their roster will be absent for an upcoming four-game series in Toronto.

10 unvaccinated players will stay behind including Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, M.J. Melendez, DH Hunter Dozier, Brad Keller, Brady Singer, Michael A. Taylor, Kyle Isbel, Dylan Coleman and Cam Gallagher.

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

Over Half of Canadians Disapprove of Trudeau’s Job as PM, Say He’s ‘Divisive’: Poll

A new Postmedia-Leger poll has revealed that Canadians are not impressed with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Over half of respondents said they disapprove of his performance, with nearly as many suggesting his time as Liberal leader should come to an end.

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

Trudeau Government Resumes Mandatory Random Testing for Air Travel

Despite the ongoing massive delays at Canada’s airports, the Trudeau government is resuming mandatory random testing for those entering Canada as of July 19, 2022.

According to a statement Thursday by Health Canada, fully vaccinated travellers who have been vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to arriving in Canada may be required to produce a negative Covid test. Testing will be completed outside of airports either in an in-person appointment or self swab test.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to test on Day 1 and Day 8 of their 14 day quarantine unless they are exempt.

Mandatory random testing continues at land border points of entry.

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

Brexiteer Braverman Eliminated From Race, Five Through to UK Leader TV Debate

Five candidates now remain in the race to replace Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Brexiteer Suella Braverman was eliminated as the candidate with the fewest vote in Thursday’s poll of Conservative Parliamentarians.

The chairman of the Conservative Party’s internal ‘1922’ committee which organises leadership challenges again entered a packed room at Parliament today to announce the results of the second round of voting which saw the lowest-placed candidate eliminated. Brexiteer Suella Braverman lost five votes compared to the last round and placed last and therefore became the third candidate to be knocked out of the race since nominations closed Monday afternoon.

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

Czech PM: Gas Won’t be Part of Next Round of EU Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union is preparing the seventh package of sanctions against Moscow. It is already clear, however, that it will not include restrictions on Russian gas supplies, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala told Reuters this on Wednesday, citing that many member countries of the European bloc are still dependent on Russian gas.

Fiala expects the seventh package to include a ban on gold imports from Russia, expand the list of dual-use goods prohibited from being imported into Russia, and include other sanctions targeting individuals. The European Commission should present the package around mid-July, and member states could approve it right after, Fiala said.

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EU Plans Action Over Fears of Ukraine War Arms Smuggling Into Europe

European Union member state ministers have expressed concerns over possible weapons flows from Ukraine to Europe, with a Swedish minister calling on the bloc to buy and destroy weapons.

European Union member state Interior and Migration Ministers held a meeting this week in Prague in which they discussed the possibility of weapons being smuggled out of the Ukraine conflict and falling into the hand of criminals in Europe.

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‘Europe is Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds Over the War in Ukraine, ‘ Warns Senior Polish MEP

There is a growing chorus of those who say that sanctions are hitting the West harder than Russia, and that this is a sign that Europe is losing the battle for hearts and minds over the war, Prof. Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, a senior MEP from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS), told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

Krasnodebski acknowledged that sanctions have been felt by the Russian middle class, but says that they have not persuaded Russia to end the war. The Polish MEP believed that as the energy crisis intensifies, dissenting anti-war voices will only intensify, and this will allow Putin to be more effective in sanctioning the EU than vice-versa.

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Fatal Stabbing at Swedish ‘Politician Week’ Now Considered Terrorist Act

A Swedish Prosecutor has declared the fatal stabbing of a woman at the “Politician Week” event in Visby this month has been upgraded to a terrorist investigation as some report the suspect has alleged neo-Nazi ties.

The Swedish Public Prosecutor’s Office put out a press release this week saying that the investigation into the murder of 64-year-old Ing-Marie Wieselgren, who was stabbed to death while at the Politician Week where she was attending several seminars.

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France Extradites 2015 Paris Islamic Terror Attack Convict to Belgium for Another Trial

Salah Abdeslam, sentenced to life imprisonment in France in late June for the 2015 Paris terror attacks, is being extradited to Belgium, the country where he was born. There, another trial awaits him related to the terrorist attack in Brussels in March 2016.

Abdeslam was taken from Fleury-Mérogis prison south of Paris on Wednesday morning and is due to be transferred to Belgium. According to AFP, the trial in Belgium is to begin in October.

The 32-year-old Moroccan Islamist is the only surviving initiator of the November 2015 Paris attacks, in which 130 people died. At the end of June, a Paris court sentenced him to life imprisonment without parole. He did not appeal the verdict, therefore, it is final.

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French Department Urges Residents to Hide Cars and Garbage Bins Ahead of Bastille Day

A French department has urged locals to hide their cars and garbage bins to prevent them from being set on fire as the country is set to celebrate Bastille Day this week.

The department of Seine-Maritime in the north of France has urged residents to put their cars in locked garages and keep their garbage bins inside to prevent damage as the department expects possible urban violence during the Bastille Day festivities, a common occurrence across the country historically.

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German and Austrian Ministers: ‘No Alternative’ to Ending Dependency on Russian Energy

Ministers from Germany and Austria have made it clear that there is “no alternative” to ending their dependency on Russian energy and becoming energy independent as Russia shuts down pipelines.

German Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs Robert Habeck and Austrian Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler met this week in Vienna to discuss the ongoing energy situation and both agreed on a need to become more independent of Russia.

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Germany: Electricity for Electric Cars Will Soon be More Expensive Than Petrol

So far, German owners of electric cars have come through the energy crisis relatively unscathed. But that could change. Wholesale prices on the Leipzig electricity exchange EEX reached a new record of 319 euros per megawatt hour at the end of last week. This means that they have more than tripled since the beginning of the year.

Within the last three weeks alone, the price on the exchanges for a kilowatt hour rose from 22 to now 31 cents. That is an increase of 41 percent and should not be confused with consumer prices. These are significantly higher. Even the abolition of the EEG levy of 3,7 cents could not stop the mega-inflation. And this rise has not really spilled over into prices at charging stations yet.

Individual providers such as Hamburg Energie already announced in June, i.e. before the new inflation shock, that they would increase prices by more than 60 percent.

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Hungary Gears Up to Raise Defense Readiness Level

Hungarian Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovinczky on Wednesday instructed the high command of the Hungarian Armed Forces to be ready to increase the country’s defense alert level.

Announcing the news via a video published on his social media channels, Szalay-Bobrovinczky said the country was now “facing unprecedented security challenges, such as the unrelenting war in our immediate neighborhood and violent illegal migrants besieging our southern borders.”

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Hungary Announces 7-Point Energy Emergency Plan

Hungary has introduced an energy emergency that comes into effect on Aug. 1, cabinet minister Gergely Gulyas announced on Wednesday.

He said the reason for the emergency measures is that in the last months electricity prices have risen fivefold and gas prices sixfold.

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Jihadists Remain Europe’s Biggest Terror Threat Despite Focus on Right-Wing

A report by Europol examining terrorism within the EU in 2021 has found that jihadists remain the single biggest threat to the bloc, despite an increasingly political focus on right-wing extremists.

Europol’s latest assessment of terrorism within the EU has found that jihadists remain the single greatest danger within the bloc, with there having been over 260 arrests in relation to radical Islam.

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Major French Cities Likely to Face Blackouts in 2022-2023 — Reports

Major French cities are likely to face blackouts within this year and the next one, media reported.

Almost all European countries are preparing for possible blackouts and their leaders hope that the upcoming winter would be mild, the Euractiv news outlet reported on Wednesday, citing a source in corporate risk management.

The RTE French transmission system operator told Euractiv that it was currently impossible to precisely predict the blackouts this winter because of the high uncertainty.

Later, senior executive of the EDF energy company Marc Benayoun has dismissed the reports about possible blackouts.

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Over 1,000 Girls Groomed by ‘Asian’ Rape Gangs in Small English Town Amid Politically Correct Police Inaction

An independent inquiry into grooming gangs has found that over a thousand girls were sexually abused and raped by “Asian” men in a small English town as police looked the other way over politically correct concerns.

A three year investigation into the sexual exploitation of children over the course of the past three decades in Telford, Shropshire found that police “turned a blind eye” and that if the West Mercia Police had “done its most basic job” the suffering inflicted upon many children could have been avoided.

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Pope Francis: ‘Consume Less Meat’ To Save the Planet

ROME — Pope Francis urged European youth this week to eat less meat as a means of curbing global warming and preserving the planet.

“There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of so many superfluous things,” the pontiff told participants in an EU youth conference Monday. “In certain areas of the world, too, it would be appropriate to consume less meat: this too can help save the environment.”

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Soccer So White? BBC Complains No Minority Players on Pitch for English Women’s Football Team

The supposedly impartial BBC has come under fire after a sports presenter criticised England’s women’s football team for being too white.

In a broadcast covering the UEFA European Women’s Football Championship, BBC sports presenter commented on Monday’s victory for England over Norway by denouncing the Lionesses for not being diverse enough.

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The Post Millennial’s Katie Daviscourt Discusses the Farmer Rebellion Live From the Netherlands

On last night’s episode of the Ezra Levant Show, Sheila Gunn Reid filled in and was joined live from the Netherlands by Post Millennial reporter Katie Daviscourt, who has been covering the farmer protests alongside Rebel News reporters Lincoln Jay and Lewis Brackpool.

Dutch farmers have been rising up across the country and protesting to voice their opposition to potentially devastating ‘climate-friendly’ government policies that are in the process of being imposed on them against their will.

When asked by Sheila about her biggest takeaway so far from the farmers’ resistance movement, Katie said, “These farmers, they’re losing their livelihoods. They’re losing their farms that they have had for generations, up to hundreds of years.”

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They’re Just Igniting a Bomb Here and There’: Dutch Dairy Farmer Slams Government

We had a special opportunity to speak with a dairy farmer who shared his concerns with the Dutch government and these new environmental policies which could potentially decimate his family-run business over climate change agendas.

This will give you a first-hand perspective on how these policies are going to affect farmers all throughout the Netherlands and potentially beyond.

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‘This is Not a Democracy Anymore’: Following a Tractor Convoy in the Netherlands

“I think it’s war, I think then it’s war” is how one protester responded when he was asked what would happen if the Dutch farmers’ demands were not met.

Rebel News reporters Lincoln Jay and Lewis Brackpool were embedded with a tractor convoy as farmers in the Netherlands continue to protest radical climate policies that threaten to devastate the nation’s agriculture industry.

The government of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is seeking to cut nitrogen emissions in the country by 40% in its attempts to comply with globalist climate targets, like those laid out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

“Help! No farmers, no food” read a sign on the front of a tractor in Marum, a small town in the northeastern part of the Netherlands, as a massive convoy formed.

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Twitter Bans British Surgeon Tony Hinton Over COVID Posts

Twitter has permanently suspended Tony Hinton, a respected British consultant surgeon, over his tweets about Covid, which the social media company treated as violation of its rules.

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UK: Graves of Polish Freedom Fighters Desecrated, Sculpture of Christ Thrown on Bonfire

Polish graves and the Christian iconography surrounding them have been desecrated in the multicultural city of Manchester, England.

Polish graves in St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Churchyard, a cemetery in the Manchester suburb of Moston, have — not for the first time — been vandalised, with headstones pushed over, tombstones cracked, and ornamental crosses smashed.

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UK: Political Correctness is Just Being Nice to People!

Telford. Over 1000 children trafficked and sexually abused over 30 years.

The police did nothing because they feared being called ‘racist’.

Can this at least spell the end of that craven mantra we’ve heard over and over again?

“Political correctness is just being nice to people!”

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UK: Race to Replace Boris Johnson: Top Remainer Hunt, Vaccines Boss Zahawi Knocked Out of Vote

The first round of voting for the Conservative Party leadership election, which will also decide the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has seen Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi eliminated after they failed to reach the threshold of 30 votes each.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee which is the body responsible for handling leadership challenges, amid other roles, announced the results of the first spill Wednesday evening which saw two of the eight candidates eliminated.

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UK’s Online Censorship Bill Has Been Paused Until a New Prime Minister is Chosen

The UK’s online censorship bill, known as the Online Safety Bill, has been paused until there is a new Prime Minister in the fall. A new PM is expected to be announced in September.

The controversial bill, which was at the report stage, was expected to pass the House of Commons this month before going to the House of Lords.

The bill, which enabled the censorship of “legal but harmful” content, puts the responsibility on online platforms and gives media and communications regulator Ofcom the power to determine whether tech companies were following the rules. The fines for non-compliance would be 10% of the company’s global turnover or £18 million, whichever is greater.

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Weapons Are Trafficked From Ukraine to Organized Crime in Europe

A Tuesday report by the Financial Times revealed European nations are concerned weapons being sent into Ukraine are getting smuggled into the hands of dangerous criminal gangs.

The outlet reported, “A number of Nato member states are discussing with Kyiv some form of tracking system or detailed inventory lists for weapons supplied to Ukraine.”

“All these weapons land in southern Poland, get shipped to the border and then are just divided up into vehicles to cross: trucks, vans, sometimes private cars,” a source told the Financial Times. “And from that moment we go blank on their location and we have no idea where they go, where they are used or even if they stay in the country.”

US Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Denise Jenkins issued an online press briefing on Tuesday, saying, “The US very seriously takes our responsibility to protect American origin defense technologies and prevent their diversion or illicit proliferation.”

Jenkins added, “We are confident in the Ukrainian government’s commitment to appropriately safeguard and account for US [weapons].” …

Czech Defense Minister Jana Cernochová isn’t very optimistic arms smuggling will be stopped, telling reporters on Friday, “It’s hard to avoid trafficking or smuggling — we didn’t achieve it in former Yugoslavia and probably won’t avoid it in Ukraine.” …

EU Parliament member Christine Anderson also posted to Twitter Wednesday, writing, “The #Ukraine war is supplying the #EU market with illegal weapons. Human trafficking is also booming. #Europe must act urgently.”

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed out that those who warned of illegal weapons trafficking taking place in Ukraine when the war began were deemed traitors and Kremlin assets.

“Europol said its investigations indicated that weapons trafficking from Ukraine into the bloc to supply organised crime groups had begun and was a potential threat to EU security.”

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‘Why Would You Get Rid of Your Farmers?’ Dutch Politician and Farmer Nynke Koopmans Discusses Ongoing Protests

Our main focus of this trip is to show the other side of the story for the farmers. So who better than to interview a politician who is also a farmer. Meet, Nynke Koopmans, a local politician and farmer who is concerned about the Dutch government’s and the WEF’s overreach on the farmers and the agricultural sector of the Netherlands.

For those who don’t know what is happening in the Netherlands, the Dutch government/WEF is imposing environmental policies on the agricultural sector in which their goal is to cut nitrogen emissions to the point where some farms are being forced to cut up to 95%. This includes cutting livestock, fertilizer usage, and the government forcibly taking a percentage of the farmers’ land. All under the guise of combatting climate change with the Agenda 2030 blueprint.

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65% of Ukrainians Don’t Plan to Return Home in the Foreseeable Future

A new United Nations poll shows that of the 8.8 million people who left Ukraine since the war broke out, there are 5.6 million who remain abroad.

According to UNHCR, the majority of those surveyed said they wanted to return when the situation in Ukraine stabilizes, but 65 percent said that they planned to stay where they were in the foreseeable future and 9 percent expressed a wish to move to another country away from Ukraine.

Sixteen percent of those surveyed said they wanted to visit Ukraine in the next two months to see their relatives and friends and to put their personal affairs in order.

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Belsat TV Journalist Sentenced to Further 8 Years in Prison in Belarus

Katarina Andreeva, a Belarusian journalist who is already serving a two-year prison sentence in the country was on Wednesday sentenced to a further eight years in prison by a court in the city of Homel after being found guilty of “state treason.”

Andreeva, 28, was arrested in November 2020 along with her colleague Darya Chultsova after reporting on mass opposition protests in the country ruled by the Lukashenko regime.

The pair were taking video footage of a demonstration in commemoration of the killing of Raman Banderenko who had died at the hands of Belarusian forces during protests against the fraudulent presidential election. Both journalists were accused of incitement to riot and sentenced to two-year terms in penal colonies by a court in Minsk.

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Ukraine War: Russian Submarine Launches Deadly Kalibr Missile Strike on Civilians

Three children are among at least 22 civilians killed in a Russian missile strike on the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, far from the frontline.

Residential buildings, administrative and office premises had suffered “significant damage and destruction” in the attack by three missiles on Thursday, Ukrainian prosecutors said, with a baby killed and dozens more wounded.

Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea and Ukrainian forces shot down two others, officials said. The city of around 370,000 people hosts the command HQ of the Ukrainian Air Force.

“There are wounded and dead, among them a small child,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “What is this, if not an open act of terrorism?”…

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Hindu Girl Abducted by Muslim Radicals in Islamic Pakistan’s Sindh Province

Forced marriage of a Minor Hindu girl Kareena by Muslim abductor after converting her into Islam in Pakistan’s Sindh. Hindus protest.

Kavita Rana | HENB | Karachi | July 13, 2022:: Another case of atrocities on minority communities has come to light in Pakistan. In fact, a 16-year-old Hindu girl was abducted and forcibly married to a Muslim man in Sindh province. After the abduction, he was first allegedly converted to Islam by Mitthu Mian group of radicals.

According to reports, a week ago, a Hindu girl Kareena was kidnapped from Unnar Mulla Qazi Ahmed town of Dadu. Police have dismissed reports of kidnapping. Police said that Kareena eloped with a Muslim boy named Khaleel Rehman and got married in a Karachi court. The people of the minority community raised slogans against this statement of the police and demanded rescue of the victim Hindu girl. Though the abduction was made a week ago, the matter has been clearly surfaced only two days before.

As an effect of the protest, the police have arrested Khaleel Rehman’s father Asghar after registering a complaint. The girl’s family staged a sit-in in front of former President Asif Ali Zardari’s house in Nawabshah, on Tuesday demanding the return of Kareena.

This is not the first case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a minority girl in Pakistan. In March this year, a Hindu girl named Pooja Kumari Odd was shot dead in Sukkur district of Pakistan. The girl was murdered because she had opposed forced marriage and conversion. Such cases of abduction, conversion and forced marriage of Hindu minor girls happen in Pakistan on a regular basis infringing the rights of marginal minorities.

The American Sindhi Foundation has claimed that around 1,000 minority minor girls are abducted and converted and married to Muslim men every year in Sindh province. The Government of Pakistan has assured the safety of minorities on many occasions, but the atrocities on minorities are not stopping.

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India: Hindutva Activist Attacked in Shivamogga by Five Jihadis, Escaped From the Attempt of Murder

Karnataka: Bajrang Dal worker assaulted in Shivamogga by suspected Jihadi people; police arrest two, launch manhunt for other accused

B Upendran | HENB | Shivamogga | July 12, 2022:: A Hindutva activist was assaulted by a group of people in Shivamogga on Monday night. Kantaraju, a Bajrang Dal activist, who suffered injuries in the incident, has been admitted to McGann Hospital in the city.

Kantaraju was assaulted around 10.30 p.m. near his house at Rajeev Gandhi Extension. The accused allegedly hit him with lethal weapons. Somehow, Kantaraju managed to escape by snatching a weapon from one of the accused. Kantaraju said that Shoheb, Juned and other three Jihadi mentality guys jointly targeted him to murder for his membership in the right wing Hindu outfits.

BJP leaders visited the hospital and enquired about his health on Tuesday. He suffered injuries on his hand and back. BJP district president T.D. Megharaj was among those who met him in the hospital. Incidentally, Kantaraju was also connected with BJP as a booth level worker in the last election period.

Shivamogga SP B.M. Laxmi Prasad told press persons on Tuesday that a group of three to five people assaulted Kantaraju. Two people have been arrested by the police so far. It is said that Kantaraju was targeted for his involvement with Hindutva organisations.

The SP said patrolling in the city had been intensified to avoid such crimes in the coming days.

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has said that police are looking into the matter very seriously.

The incident has come a week after two unidentified persons allegedly assaulted a 30-year-old Bajrang Dal functionary at Mumbra in Thane city of Maharashtra.

Sarvesh Tiwari was assaulted with a log of wood in Kadar Palace area of Mumbra, a Muslim-dominated area, on July 1, he said.

A Thane Police officer confirmed, “We have launched a manhunt to nab the accused and all the angles are being probed. We have received some leads in the case and things will become clearer once the accused are arrested.”…

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GOP Lawmakers Launch Probe TikTok’s Sharing of User Data With Chinese Parent Company

FIRST ON FOX: Senior House Republicans are launching a probe into the popular social media app TikTok over allegations the company allowed its non-public user data to be accessed from China.

GOP lawmakers on the House Oversight and Energy and Commerce Committees sent a letter to TikTok Thursday requesting documents and communications detailing its relationship with ByteDance. The Beijing-based technology conglomerate is TikTok’s parent company and has come under scrutiny in recent years for its close working relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.

“The data collected by TikTok on U.S. users, such as browsing and search history, biometrics, location data, and other metadata, would be a massive national security risk in the hands of CCP intelligence,” wrote the lawmakers.

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Hong Kong is Using Ankle Bracelet Trackers to Track COVID-Positive Citizens

Starting this Friday, Hong Kong residents infected with Covid who are quarantined at home will have to wear an electronic tracking bracelet, the health authorities have announced.

The purpose of the measure is to make sure these citizens don’t leave their homes. The announcement was made by Hong Kong’s Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau, and the measure will come into effect on July 15.

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Deported Criminals Among Boat Migrants Crossing Channel to UK

Deported criminals are among those returning to the United Kingdom by crossing the English Channel in small boats, an official report has revealed.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons has confirmed that at least one migrant who had previously received a prison term of more than 12 months and was deemed to pose a “medium risk of harm” to others had crossed the Channel, and ended up being held in a facility hosting women and children.

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Ohio 10-Year-Old’s Alleged Illegal Immigrant Rapist, 27, Was Listed as Minor in Abortionist’s Report to State

The Guatemalan illegal immigrant charged with raping and impregnating an Ohio 10-year-old who traveled to Indiana for an abortion was listed as a minor in the report the Indiana-based abortionist sent to authorities.

Dr. Caitlin Bernard reported that the alleged rapist was approximately 17-years-old in an official filing to the Indiana Department of Health obtained Thursday by Fox News Digital. On Wednesday, Ohio authorities charged 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, with rape of a minor under 13 years old in the case.

Fuentes confessed to the crime to Columbus Police Department investigators, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement Wednesday.

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Syrian Suspect Caught Smuggling Van Full of Migrants in Slovenia

Authorities arrested a Syrian man driving a van packed with illegal migrants in Slovenia this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Tuesday on a motorway in Pomurje, a region in the northeast of the Alpine nation near the borders of Hungary and Austria.

Police stopped a suspicious vehicle with Austrian license plates and discovered 17 migrants hiding inside.

The driver was found to be a citizen of Syria illegally present in the country.

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UK: Delayed Again! Rwanda Migrant Removal Scheme Put on Hold Until New PM Elected

Plans for flights to send illegal migrants to Rwanda have reportedly been put on hold until the Conservative Party selects a new Prime Minister, reports have claimed.

A scheme which aims to send migrants who enter Britain illegally to Rwanda is to be put on hold until after the Conservative Party leadership election concludes, reports on Tuesday have claimed.

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Church of England Says There is ‘No Official Definition’ of a Woman

ROME — A senior bishop of the Church of England said this week the Church has no “official definition” of a woman amidst an evolving understanding of gender in the contemporary world.

Adam Kendry, a lay member of the General Synod, the Anglican Church’s legislative body, posed a written question: “What is the Church of England’s definition of a woman?” during the July 8-12 meeting of the synod.

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Lawsuit: Professor Sues University of Washington After Admins Punish Him for ‘Inappropriate’ Opinion

SEATTLE, July 13, 2022 — When Professor Stuart Reges challenged the University of Washington’s position on land acknowledgements, administrators punished him, undermining his academic freedom. Today, backed by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, Reges sued the university to vindicate his First Amendment right to express his opinion — even if it differs from the party line.

Colleges increasingly promote land acknowledgment statements that recognize indigenous ties to the land on which a college sits. On a list of syllabus “best practices,” UW’s computer science department encourages professors to include such a statement and suggests using language developed by the university’s diversity office “to acknowledge that our campus sits on occupied land.” The fact that the statement could be adapted seemed clear — until Reges wrote one that administrators did not like.

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Nolte: Fascist Transsexual Artist Calls for Warner Bros. To Blacklist J.K. Rowling

Some guy or girl (who can be sure anymore?) named Fox Fisher is openly calling for Warner Bros. to blacklist Harry Potter scribe, J.K. Rowling.

Get a load of Fascist Fox’s Newsweek bio blurb… “Fox Fisher is a brown, queer, pansexual, non-binary, trans masculine artist, author, film-maker and educator.”

Oh, okay.

In other words, Fascist Fox is a narcissistic weirdo who’s fabricated an endless series of triggers around an identity to ensure people trip over them. This, of course, allows Fascist Fox to assume a position of superiority by pretending to be offended. You see, when you can’t feel good about yourself through merit or accomplishment, your self-esteem can only come from things that don’t matter, like your skin color and sex life.

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Twitter Finally Bans Group That Encouraged Harassment of Supreme Court Justices

On Thursday, Twitter banned the account of the group called “Ruth Sent Us,” which used the platform to encourage members of the public to protest and otherwise harass the judges at their homes.

The group published the addresses of the six Justices in May, following leaks that the court intended to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which protected the right to abortion at a federal level.

“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” said the group at the time. “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”

Diversity of tactics is a term used almost exclusively by leftist militants to justify violence against their political opponents.

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Typically Pro-Censorship Senators Call for Facebook to Stop Censoring Abortion Content

In a letter to Facebook and Instagram, Democrat Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren expressed concerns about pro-abortion content getting censored online. The two senators are typically pro-censorship and have previously called for the censorship of statements that contradict the mainstream narrative on Covid-19.

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Ukraine Wants to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage Amid Reports of Crippling War Losses

New NATO hopeful Ukraine, may be legalising same-sex marriage after enough signatures were gained for the president to consider the proposal. Kiev’s Pride parade in 2019 incidentally was the largest event of the kind that the country had seen.

The petition has more than 28 000 signatures, which means that President Zelensky now has 10 days to respond, the BBC reported. Petitions in Ukraine that gather more than 25 000 signatures automatically trigger the president’s consideration.

It is not clear how same-sex marriages and civil partnerships will contribute the the dire situation in the country. According to the British Financial Times, “Ukraine’s international partners are sounding the alarm about the mounting pressure on Kiev’s public finances,” since the war has destroyed its tax revenue while allies struggle to provide financial support. The report suggests that without aid, there is no way in which Ukraine could win the war.

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UN is Working With Tech, Media Companies, And States to Address “Misinformation” And “Hate Speech”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is introducing a new element into the concept of the world organization’s peacekeeping activities: countering “misinformation” and “hate speech.”

And tech and media companies are being enlisted to help in weeding out information that the UN decides to consider as harmful.

Given that, like the saying goes, truth is typically the first casualty of any war — and this goes for any and all sides involved — it’s difficult to envisage how the UN might even start going about the task of “countering” misinformation and hate speech while maintaining its neutral and credible position in peacekeeping.

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Woke Corporations, Coke, Amazon, Unilever Demand Conservative Candidates Continue Green Agenda

A cavalcade of woke corporations including Coca-Cola, Amazon, and Unilever, have called on the Conservative party leadership candidates vying to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to continue with Boris Johnson’s leftist ‘Net Zero’ green agenda.

On Tuesday, an open letter coordinated by the UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA) and by Cambridge University’s pro-climate business group CLG UK, demanded that the next Tory government continue with Boris Johnson’s plans to cut carbon emissions to ‘Net Zero’ by the year 2050.

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World Health Organisation: Gender “Is Not Limited to Male or Female”

The World Health Organisation has reconfirmed its status as an unscientific politically driven globalist body by officially stating that there are more than two biological genders.

The WHO has announced that it intends to update its “widely-used gender mainstreaming manual.”

The suggestion that there’s a need for a manual on how many genders there are should tell you something about this organisation off the bat.

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